Students with disabilities in community colleges : the relationship of select demographic and academic variables to transfer

by Ponticelli, Jan E.

Abstract (Summary)
The original research detailed in this document recognizes that the majority of students with disabilities between 18-69 years of age will attend a community college. The literature also indicates an exponential increase in job opportunities and earnings of individuals with disabilities who attain higher levels of education as compared with those who fail to attain such education. This study examined 12 predictors for transfer from the community college to a four-year institution for students with disabilities. Pre-existing data from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) matched with data from the National Student Clearinghouse, running from the academic year 1995-1996 until 2006-2007, were used. This resulted in a sample of 31,590 students with disabilities. Of the 4741 students with disabilities who transferred to a four-year college during that 12 year time period, the average number of years for a transfer was 5.83. A logistic regression with all 21 predictors significantly predicted transfer, ?² (21, N = 26,751) = 4918.46, _p_ < .001. Variables that were found to have a strong relationship with transfer were also found to be the strongest predictors of transfer: (a) proportion of transfer courses in which enrolled, and (b) proportion of units students completed out of the total number in which students enrolled. Implications for practice and for research are discussed and including the place of self-determination for successful students with disabilities in a postsecondary environment.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Russ-Eft, Darlene F.; Sanchez, Alex; Bentley-Townlin, Tracy; Roper, Larry; Dunn, John M.

School:Oregon State University

School Location:USA - Oregon

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:students with disabilities transfer college california of community people education higher


Date of Publication:04/02/2009

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