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Unexpected pathways: Transfer patterns of California community college students. Research brief

Citation

Horn, L., & Lew, S. (2007). Unexpected pathways: Transfer patterns of California community college students. Research brief. Berkeley, CA: MPR Associates, Inc.

Abstract

This report, by MPR Associates Inc., is the second in a series of Research Briefs on California Community Colleges funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The brief investigates transfer students, focusing on the large majority who do not follow a traditional "articulated" transfer pathway, defined as completing 2 full-time years of coursework and transferring to a 4-year college as a junior. Instead these "bridge transfers" take many fewer courses and presumably transfer as lower-division students. The report compares bridge and articulated transfers with respect to their educational goals, credits earned, socioeconomic characteristics, and the types of institutions to which they transfer. In addition, the report includes an analysis of students who complete the minimum requirements for transfer but who do not transfer