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This document discusses the American sport baseball as a metaphor to help describe a way to measure, comprehend and visualize student progression through the American community college. This analysis is based on data from the Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students (TRUCCS) study. TRUCCS is a longitudinal study of 5,000 community college students from the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District. The study used a 47-item questionnaire on the community college experience. The questionnaire was administered during the Spring 2001 semester to 5,000 students across 241 classrooms. Complete transcripts were also collected as part of the study. Of the total TRUCCS sample, 66% (n=3,318) indicated an intention to transfer. Results indicated that only about half of the students had made any progress towards transferring. Discusses some possible reasons for students not progressing in their transfer efforts. The study finds that it typically takes 9.5 semesters for students to become transfer ready, thus providing evidence against the notion of a "two year" college. It analyzes differences in groups based on gender, ethnicity, age, and native language. Appendix A contains a list of the kinds classes that fulfill the partial completion of transfer requirements as specified by the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in California. (Contains 6 tables and 15 references.) (JS)

Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Attendance, Community Colleges, Reverse Transfer Students, Transfer Rates (College), Transfer Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Urban Areas, Urban Schools

Autor: Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Moon, Hye Sun; Cypers, Scott; Maxwell, William E.; Lester, Jaime


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