Dissertation

Equity in Transfer for Career and Technical Education Students in the California Commnunity College System

The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program in CTE areas, and identify the ways a CTE pathway contributes to transfer readiness in the California community colleges. the study sought to inform practitioners on student equity associated with ADTs in a CTE area, and the impact to CTE students in their ability to transfer in their area of interest. to see whether underrepresented students are proportionally enrolled in pathways that lead to transfer readiness and that lead to timely transfer readiness, a chi-square analysis was conducted. the pathways in order of strongest effect of underrepresented students enrolling at a higher rate than expected were Public and Protective Services, Engineering and Industrial Technology, Family and Consumer Science, and Education. the pathways in order of strongest effect of underrepresented students enrolling at a lower rate than expected were Business Management, Health, Information Technology, and Agriculture. the study found that underrepresented students are overrepresented in pathways that do not lead to transfer readiness. There is a lack of adequate pathways for CTE students to prepare for transfer to the California State University system. the CTE pathways include a high number of underrepresented students, compounding the problem of equity in current transfer policy.

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