ERIC Number: ED203920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Factors Contributing to the Academic Difficulties Encountered by Students Who Transfer from Community Colleges to Four-Year Institutions.
Kissler, Gerald R.; And Others
It is difficult to draw meaningful conclusions from existing studies of the academic performance of college transfer students because of the fact that the findings of one college are generally not applicable to another institution. However, the university concerned with the retention and achievement of its transfer students can use these studies to pinpoint areas that need to be a part of their own research efforts. This paper looks at three studies conducted at the University of California at Los Angeles and draws conclusions from these studies about the factors which influence transfer student success. First, the paper looks at the purposes of this composite investigation and then describes the subjects, procedures, and findings of the three studies. Next, the paper draws several conclusions about the factors which explain why the academic performance of community college transfer students is not equal to that of "native" freshmen who become juniors--a phenomenon identified in other research and verified by the first of the three studies considered. These conclusions are presented as they relate to differences in students, differences in the two-year colleges and the university, differences in competition and grading policies, differences in curriculum and pedagogy, and difficulties in the social integration of community college transfers. References and data tables are appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of California Los Angeles
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).