Issue 27: The Challenges of College Transfer and the Hope for Tomorrow

Table of Contents

Overview of Issue 27

By Ed Shenk, Editor

The editor provides a summary of the articles that address challenges for colleges to successfully transfer students between all systems and the facilitation of the success of the students at every level. We are very fortunate to have as our lead article on transfer from the Under Secretary of Education, Martha Kanter.

Sponsor: Keenan & Associates

Internet Safety Education: Early Intervention Can Prevent Campus Tragedies

By Tim Keenan

As recent incidents of suicide on college campuses related to online harassment show, cyber bullying is not an issue limited to elementary, middle and high school grades. To the extent that the impacts of teenage harassment can sometimes emerge when youth reach college age, it is a legitimate higher education concern. We believe there is a role for community colleges in advocating this issue. Cooperative Internet safety education programs and local advocacy can help minimize the potential risks and help create a “culture of safety,” in order to retake the lead as “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world.”

Special guest author: Martha Kanter

"Doing What It Takes to Win America's Future"

By Martha Kanter

In this article the author explores the engagement of America’s educational system in a heroic effort to guide millions of additional students through high school and college, even as millions of adults return to school seeking new skills and wider opportunities. To retake the lead as “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world,” we’ll need to produce an estimated eight million more new college graduates, beyond our current college-going growth rate. And this call comes at a time when all across the country institutions of teaching and learning and their partners are battling to meet dramatically increasing student needs with severely strained resources. This effort is fully addressed in our lead article.

Challenges of College Transfer

Senate Bill 1440: The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act

By Erik Skinner

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, Padilla), which became law on January 1, 2011, is intended to simplify the transfer process between the California Community Colleges and the California State University systems. This article contains an overview of the transfer reform legislation, an update on the implementation status and a review of next steps necessary to fully operationalize this important education initiative.

Completion and Transfer: Partners in Student Success

By Scheherazade W. Forman, Ed.D. and Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D

This article presents one institution’s methods for meeting the charge given by the President of the United States. Prince George’s Community College uses a variety of methods to ensure students are able to transfer to four-year institutions in the state of Maryland.

Transfer success stories: Themes, patterns and connections

By Matais Pouncil, Ed.D.

This article suggest ways in which colleges can institutionalize strategies to ensure transfer success and ways in which college professionals can interact with and support students who will transfer. The article tells the story of three successful transfer students at Foothill College and the factors that contributed to their transfer process. The strategies are highlighted and can be generalized to other students and other colleges.

Effectiveness of Student Support Services (TRiO) At California Community College

By Mark Sanchez

Historically, first-generation, low-income, and disabled students have had very high attrition rates at California community colleges and institutions of higher education in general. According to research low-income, first-generation college students were nearly four times more likely to leave higher education after the first year than students who had neither of these risk factors. The author showcases how this study was used to determine whether students who participated in Student Support Services (TRiO) programs at two California community colleges were more likely to persist and complete an educational goal compared to their non-program participant counterparts. TRiO programs, funded by the United States Department of Education, are designed to assist first-generation college-going, low-income, and disabled students in persisting towards an educational goal, two-year degree completion, transfer to a four-year university and/or completion of a certificate program.

End Note:

Intercollegiate Athletics – Beyond The Bottomline

By Carlyle Carter

Historically during challenging financial times, funding for athletic programs has been called into question as educational institutions re-examine priorities based upon “funds available.” The focus has always been on cost savings or the “bottom line.” The article attempts to focus on a broader perspective of the net value of athletics based upon educational outcomes and goals established by the Obama Administration, the AACC and the CCLC Commission on the Future. The article points to institutional findings of the academic success of the student athlete population when measured against the non-student athlete population. A statewide study is currently underway with a final report due in the summer of 2011 to examine several measures with the anticipation of duplicating institutional findings.