Friday, November 17, 2017
The RP Group

Through the Gate Transfer Study

Timeline: 2016-2019

Through the Gate


Overview

One of the most promising and cost-effective strategies for improving California’s production of baccalaureate holders is to increase transfer from our 114 community colleges to our 23 California State Universities (CSUs) and other four-year institutions. Since most of our state’s underrepresented populations start their postsecondary education at our community colleges, strengthening transfer will also help diversify our supply of baccalaureate holders.

This research aims to identify strategies for increasing transfer among “high-leverage learners” in California Community Colleges — individuals who have completed all or most of their transfer requirements, but who do not make it “through the gate” to a four-year institution. Our study specifically focuses on the Inland Empire and Central Valley, as students in these areas of the state have lower transfer rates, suggesting that they may face unique challenges and barriers in their transition from community college to university.

Who is transferring, who is not, and for what reasons? What can be done to facilitate this transition for significantly more students? We will explore these questions in two phases of research:

Phase 1: Mapping the Transfer Landscape (2016 – 2017)

Quantitative research to better understand the transfer landscape for high-leverage learners, determining: (1) how many students in California arrived at or near the transfer gate, but did not go through; (2) who they are and where they reside; and (3) what we can glean about opportunities to increase their transfer success

Phase 2: Getting Better Directions (2017 – 2019)

Qualitative research with students who are ready or nearly prepared to transfer designed to understand what factors are impacting their journey and how policy and practice might be changed to propel them through the transfer gate

Kelley Karandjeff, EdM

Andrew Kretz, PhD

Alyssa Nguyen, MA

Kay Nguyen, EdD

Rogéair D. Purnell-Mack, PhD

Eva Schiorring, MPP

Dr. Greg Aycock
Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Norco College

Dr. Rachel Baker
Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Loren Blanchard
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, California State University Chancellor's Office

Dr. Sonya Christian
President, Bakersfield College

Courtney Cooper
President, Student Senate for California Community Colleges
Student, Foothill College

Debra David
Give Students a Compass Program Director (Emeritus), California State University Chancellor's Office

Beth Freedman
Health Education Department Chair, Metro Academy of Health Coordinator, City College of San Francisco

Dr. Janet Fulks
Biology Faculty, Bakersfield College

Marie Harris
Dean of Instruction, Reedley College

Dr. Kathy Hart
Superintendent/President, San Joaquin Delta College

Mainou Her
Transfer and Career Counselor, College of the Sequoias

Dr. Ellen Junn
President, California State University, Stanislaus

Dr. Frank Lamas
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, California State University, Fresno

Debra Louie
Counselor/Professor, San Joaquin Delta College

Kathy Molloy
English Faculty, Express to Success Program Director, Santa Barbara City College

Dr. Shari McMahan
Provost, California State University, San Bernardino

Mariana Moreno
Transfer Center Coordinator, Crafton Hills College

Bob Quinn
Transfer and Articulation Specialist, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Jessie Ryan
Executive Vice President, Campaign for College Opportunity

Dr. Jennifer Vega La Serna
Vice President of Instruction, College of the Sequoias

Dr. John Stanskas
Vice President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Chemistry Faculty, San Bernardino Valley College

Dr. James Todd
Vice President of Student Services, Modesto Junior College

Dr. Andrea Venezia
Executive Director, EdInsights Center
Associate Professor, Public Policy and Administration, California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Lisa Wilkins
Vice President of Student Services, San Joaquin Delta College

Funders

 

Resources

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community College Students, Through the Gate Transfer Study, Technical Report, November 2017
Full technical report detailing findings on "high-leverage learners" who are "near" or "at" the transfer gate (having completed most or all of their transfer requirements); provides (1) a synopsis of prior research focused on increasing transfer success in California and beyond; (2) an overview of the “transfer continuum” — a new framework that recognizes transfer as a journey that a diverse and varied group of students undertake; (3) methodology for identifying students near the gate, at the gate, and those who achieve transfer; and (4) key findings on these “transfer-bound” students, including understanding the role of gender, race/ethnicity, and region in their transfer journey.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges, Through the Gate Transfer Study, Research Brief 1, October 2017
Key findings on “high-leverage learners” who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate (having completed most or all of their transfer requirements); quantifies how many students made it near, at, or through the gate over a recent five-year period; explores who they are, where they reside, and what the data say about leverage points for increasing transfer success.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges Quick Facts (Handout), October 2017
Printable two-sided 8.5” x 11” infographic displaying quick facts on high-leverage learners who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate and comparing them to transfer achievers who made it “through” the gate to university.

Mapping the Transfer Landscape for California Community Colleges Quick Facts (Poster), October 2017
Printable 12” x 24” poster displaying quick facts on high-leverage learners who are “near” or “at” the transfer gate and comparing them to transfer achievers who made it “through” the gate to university.

Through the Gate Transfer Study Project Description
Overview of research purpose and approach; includes highlights from Phase I of the study, focused on mapping the landscape for high-leverage learners who are at or near the transfer gate.

News and Events

Join the RP Group for an interactive session on findings from Phase I of our Through the Gate Transfer study:

Strengthening Student Success Conference 2017
Presentation | Wednesday, October 11 | 1:45 - 3:05 pm

 

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) 2017 Fall Plenary Session
Presentation | Friday, November 3 | 9:15 - 10:30 am | Irvine Marriott Hotel