Factbook - Transfer
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).
- 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).
- 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 (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
- Transfer Rate is the total number of cohort non-completers who were identified as
having enrolled in another institutions.
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.