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ERIC Number: ED225621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Academic Success of Students Changing from a Regional Campus to the Central Campus of the Ohio State University. Self-Study Report No. 6. Institutional Research Series 1981.
Zimmerman, Woodford W.
The phenomenon of transfer shock has been cited in the literature to refer to students' tendency to receive lower course grades at the four-year institution than at the two-year college, especially in the first and second terms of residency. Records of 331 former Ohio State University, Lima (OSU Lima) students were analyzed to determine the presence or absence of academic transfer shock following a change of enrollment from the two-year regional campus to the central campus of the University (OSU Columbus). Autumn quarter matriculants of 1974, 1976, and 1978 were selected for the study, and findings regarding their academic persistence, American College Testing program (ACT) scores, and grade point averages (GPA's) were compared with findings from similar studies conducted in 1968 and 1972. The study revealed that a higher percentage of students changing to the OSU Columbus re-enrolled for a second quarter than had been the case earlier--a 24% attrition rate was observed in 1972, compared to an 8% attrition rate in 1981. Students' ACT scores appeared to be related to the presence of grade depression upon change of campus, as well as to students' tendency to change to and continue at the central campus. Additionally, the study revealed that grade depression was significant only for the group of 1974 matriculants, whose overall GPA decreased from 2.94 at OSU Lima to 2.78 at OSU Columbus. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ. Lima Campus. Office of Institutional Research.