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Transfer Rates

This page contains links to three of the most common transfer rate measures. To compute a transfer rate, a group of students, a cohort, must be identified based on specific characteristic (the denominator) and a timeframe must be identified to see how many of those students in the cohort enrolled in a four-year college or university after a certain amount of time (the numerator).

Student Success Scorecard

  • Cohort is first-time students who:
    • Took a credit course in the CCC system for the first time.
    • Valid social security number (SSN).
    • Minimum of six units earned during the first three years of enrollment (completed courses with a grade of A, B, C, D or P).
    • Attempted a Math or English course in first three years.
  • Transfer rate and transfer prepared rate represent the percentage of these students who achieve either of the following outcomes:
    • Transfer to four-year institution (students shown to have enrolled at any four-year institution of higher education after enrolling at a CCC).
    • Achieved "Transfer Prepared" (student successfully completed 60 UC/CSU transferable units with a GPA >= 2.0).

Transfer Velocity - Data Mart

  • Tracks cohorts of first-time college students for up to 7 years to determine if they show "behavioral intent to transfer."
  • Within the "years to transfer" window, students must have completed twelve credit units and attempted transfer-level math or English to be included in the cohort.
  • The outcome is transfer to a four-year institution within a given time period subsequent to initial enrollment.
  • Dividing the number of students with enrollments at a Bachelors-granting institution by the total size of the cohort yields the transfer rate.

 Student Right to Know

  • Student Right-To-Know (SRTK) refers to a Federally-mandated public disclosure of a college's Completion Rate and Transfer Rate. The intent is to provide students with comparable information they can use in the determination of college choice.
  • SRTK is a cohort study which includes students who are first-time freshmen, enrolled full-time and are degree-seeking.
  • Cohorts are identified in a fall term and their outcomes are measured over a  3 year period of time.
  • Completion Rate is the total number of students in the cohort who earn either a degree, a certificate, or who successfully completed a two-year-equivalent transfer-preparatory program.
  • Transfer Rate is the total number of cohort non-completers who were identified as having enrolled in another institutions.

Transfer Volume

Transfer RATES are different than transfer VOLUME. Transfer volume is simply a count of students who show up at a four-year college or university from a particular community college without regard to the identification of a cohort or how much time was allowed to complete the transfer.