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Plenary Address Trudy Bers Executive Director, Research, Curriculum & Planning Oakton Community College Des Plaines, Illinois. Setting the Context of Transfer. 63% 1992 12 th graders who subsequently earned > 10 postsecondary credits attended more than one school

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Setting the context of transfer

Plenary AddressTrudy BersExecutive Director, Research, Curriculum & PlanningOakton Community CollegeDes Plaines, Illinois

Setting the context of transfer

Setting the Context of Transfer

  • 63% 1992 12th graders who subsequently earned > 10 postsecondary credits attended more than one school

  • Multiple transfer patterns – swirling2-year to 4-year4-year to 2-year (reverse transfer)2-year to 2-year4-year to 4-yearConcurrent enrollments of all sorts

  • Multiple measures of transfer; no clear answer

Creat ing a transfer going culture stephen handel the college board

Creating a Transfer Going CultureStephen Handel – The College Board

  • CC Role: Prepare students academically

  • University Role: Work with cc to align courses and curricula, give students accurate info, welcome transfers

  • In addition, for CC: Help students understand transfer options and processes

  • In addition, for both: Work together and with state re: statewide policies and practices to facilitate transfer

Ipkit improving practitioner knowledge to increase transfer

IPKITImproving Practitioner Knowledge to Increase Transfer

  • Barbara Townsend, U of MO (PI) + advisory group

  • Lumina-funded

  • Purposes

    • Provide practitioners with knowledge & skills to gather & analyze institution-specific data re: transfer

    • Improve policies & support programs for transfer students


Ipkit modules

IPKIT Modules

  • Institutional audits of policies, practices and attitudes affecting transfer students;

  • Guide to conducting focus groups about transfer;

  • Guide to constructing surveys about transfer;

  • Information on coding open-ended responses to survey questions;

  • Annotated list of data sources for information about transfer and degree attainment.

Ipkit audits focus on the institution state context

IPKIT Audits: Focus on theInstitution & State Context

  • Two-year and four-year versions

  • Three components

    • Inventory of state’s & college’s policies affecting transfer students

    • Ascertain college’s practices & attitudes affecting transfer students

    • Ascertain availability & use of data about student transfer & performance after transfer

Doing ipkit audits

‘Doing’ IPKIT Audits

  • IPKIT leader

  • IPKIT team

  • Multiple sessions – won’t have answers right away

Ipkit data


  • Existing policies

    • State-level

    • Institution-level

  • Institutional attitudes & practices

  • Collection & use of data

Reality check reasonable expectations think short term and long term

Reality Check: Reasonable ExpectationsThink Short-term and Long-term

  • Data & Information

    • Collected or need to be collected

    • Operational definitions

    • Centralized or decentralized

    • Ownership & access

    • Data entry

    • Quantitative or qualitative

The leader and the team

The Leader and the Team

  • Leader

    • Champion or task-manager

    • Level

    • Role

  • Team

    • Representation

    • Level

Data gathering approaches

Data Gathering Approaches

  • Institutional data (student information systems)

  • Home-grown surveys

  • National surveys – NSSE, CCSSE, SENSE

  • State & Nat’l data sources – National Student Clearinghouse, IPEDS, state student unit record systems

More data gathering approaches

More Data Gathering Approaches

  • Focus groups (students & staff)

  • Individual interviews (students & staff)

  • Document reviews (brochures, agreements)

  • Web sites

  • Observations

What potential students want to learn from web site survey of 500 students with intent to transfer

What Potential Students Want to Learn from Web SiteSurvey of 500 students with intent to transfer

Beyond ipkit testing yourselves

Beyond IPKIT: Testing Yourselves

Moving forward to improve transfer the six whos

Moving Forward to Improve Transfer:The Six Whos

  • Who recommends

  • Who champions

  • Who approves

  • Who manages

  • Who implements

  • Who funds

Action planning

Action Planning

  • Think of two concrete projects to improve transfer at your institution:

    • Project #1: Doable in one year

    • Project #2: Two-three year timetable

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