Postbaccalaureate Reverse Transfer Students Analytical Essay

Looks at the educational and career development of adults in transition, postbaccalaureate reverse transfer students in community colleges.
# 151366 | 2,640 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 08, 2012 in Education (Higher) , Education (Social Issues) , Education (Adult Education)

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This paper relates that postbaccalaureate reverse transfer students (PRTS), who are motivated by shifts in the American workforce, are enrolling in community colleges because of the need for career advancement or enhancement. Next, the author relates that the PRTS, who generally exhibit greater academic ambitions and performances than the rest of the student body, often have problems integrating socially into the college community. Because the PRTS' educational and career development through community colleges corresponds to Schlossberg's transition theory, the paper stresses their need for institutional and interpersonal support from these colleges so that these PRTS are able to develop adequate strategies to manage successfully this academic transition without jeopardizing the more traditional community college students.

From the Paper:

"Since most PRTS are employed full time with demanding work schedule as well as family and financial responsibilities, flexible options are essential. Course offerings should be modified to include more weekend and evening classes or distance courses with an exception of certain technical courses that require hands-on training on site. The community college can also offer flexibility of converting career experiences, which basically equals hands-on training, into credit toward certain types of technical degrees. Student services including campus bookstores, library, and counseling offices should also offer flexible schedule during at least some evenings and weekends. When possible, student services should expand to include a daycare to help adult students that occupy a large percentage of the community college population (2001). Many services, such as course enrollments and withdrawals, paying fees, academic or career counseling, and social support, can also be conducted online. These kinds of consideration will benefit not only PRTS but also the rest of the student and contribute to the efficiency of the administrative process.
"Career guidance is the essential support for PRTS since their transition usually involves career shift at least partially. Career guidance should target possibly the lifelong plan of the students, and consider interaction between the career and personal aspects not simply the relationship between education and occupation (1998). Counselors should deliberate the students' life and career developmental stages, and focus counseling on the academic program and on removing educational barriers. In any case, counselors should make sure that the students assume responsibility for all decisions (2001)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • LeBard, C. (1999). Reverse transfers in the community college. Eric Digest. Los Angeles, CA: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED433871). Retrieved from EBSCOHost ERIC database.
  • Phelan, D. J. (1999). Institutional and public policy implications of the phenomenon of reverse transfer students. New Directions for Community Colleges, 1999(106), 77-85. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.
  • Pope, M., Turner, M. & Barker, J. (2001). Post baccalaureate reverse transfer implications for community college student services. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED469895). Retrieved from EBSCOHost ERIC database.
  • Quinley, J. W. & Quinley, M. P. (1998). Four-year graduates attending community colleges: A new meaning for the term "second chance." New York, NY: Columbia University Community College Research Center. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED428790). Retrieved from EBSCOHost ERIC database.
  • Schlossberg, N. K. (1966). Adults in transition. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED010696). Retrieved from EBSCOHost ERIC database.

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