Student perceptions of the factors contributing to community college to university transfer success

Dwight Gard, Valerie Paton, Kevin Gosselin

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Abstract

The transfer process includes areas such as academic preparation and advisement, transfer evaluation, financial aid, and psychosocial factors. A descriptive, exploratory method was employed to capture the perceptions of a transfer student cohort regarding their experiences in transitioning from lower division community college enrollment to upper-division, baccalaureate work. Using semi-structured interviews within a focus group setting, and a follow-up survey, the study explored students’ perceptions of the effectiveness of their transfer experience. Three factors were identified as impediments to a successful transfer experience: (a) the quality of academic advisement, (b) access to financial aid, and (c) social and cultural issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-848
JournalCommunity College Journal of Research and Practice
StatePublished - Aug 2012

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