Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Transfer Rankings Embarrass Two-Year Colleges on California List

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Transfer Rankings Embarrass Two-Year Colleges on California List

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LOS ANGELES

California's community college system targeted 14 of 107 two-year colleges for having the worst record for transferring students to state universities. More than half of them are in the Los Angeles area.

The California Community Colleges list angered many of the schools whose administrators see it as a list of shame assembled under pressure from state legislators.

The list was assembled for the first time because this year's state budget ordered community college districts "to increase the number of student transfers from low-transfer community colleges by an average of 15 percent annually."

Transfers to the California State University and University of California systems was the yardstick used by the chancellor's researchers and specified in the budget.

Critics say the list is misleading. Los Angeles Trade-Tech College, for instance, was last on the list of schools with low transfer rates.

"Los Angeles Trade-Tech, as it advertises in its name, has primarily a vocational function," says Leige Henderson, vice president of academic affairs. "Our students primarily come here to learn a trade so they can go out and make a living." Many of the bottom 14 serve large numbers of Hispanic and Black students, including Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Harbor College, East Los Angeles College, Rio Hondo College, Cerritos College, Santa Ana College and Chaffey College.

The others, scattered around the state, include San Diego City College, Marin College, Monterey Peninsula College, Imperial Valley College, Barstow College and Lassen Community College. …

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