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The purpose of this descriptive, exploratory study investigates the number of students who hold a bachelor's degree or higher attending Iowa's fifteen community colleges between fiscal years 2006 and 2008. This group of students is referred to as post-baccalaureate reverse transfer (PBRT) students in the literature and in this paper. This study examines their demographic characteristics including age, gender, race, highest degree held and one academic characteristic, most enrolled career cluster. Quantitative data was provided by Tom Schenk, Jr., consultant for Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability in the Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Development at the Iowa Department of Education, in October and November of 2009. Between the fiscal years 2006 and 2008, PBRT students made up 1.4 to 1.9% of the total credit community college enrollment in Iowa. Male PBRT students consistently outnumbered female PBRT students. The majority of PBRT students in Iowa is White for all three years and ranged from 86.8 to 87.3% of the total PBRT student population subset. This is unsurprising as Iowa's population is predominantly White. The highest degree held by most PBRT students in Iowa is the bachelor's degree rather than a graduate degree. This study used career clusters and the category College Transfer instead of academic majors since too few PBRT students enrolled in any single major to provide meaningful analysis. The top three career clusters PBRT students enrolled in are College Transfer, Health Sciences, and Business, Management & Administration. Altogether, the profile of the post-baccalaureate reverse transfer student in Iowa is a White male, age 35, whose highest level of education is a bachelor's degree and is likely to be enrolled in a College Transfer or Health Science program of study in an urban community college. This study's results provide a starting point for further and more in-depth research about post-baccalaureate reverse transfer students in Iowa. Since health sciences figured prominently in this study's finding, a study design similar to that of Evan McHugh's (2003) might be worthwhile research to conduct on Iowa's PBRT student population. Future studies may also want to investigate whether the most recession increased the number of students with a bachelor's degree or higher attending two-year colleges. Since many states do not have any information about their PBRT student population, they will want to start with a study similar to this author's. (Contains 20 tables and 12 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Reverse Transfer Students, Community Colleges, College Graduates, Enrollment, School Demography, Student Educational Objectives, Biomedicine, Majors (Students)

Autor: Leigh, Rachel A.


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