ERIC Number: ED336022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Analysis of the Academic Performance and Graduation Rates of Freshmen and Transfer Students. AIR 1991 Annual Forum Paper.
Owen, J. Alan
This study examined whether there are significant differences in the academic performance and graduation rates of undergraduate transfer students compared to students who entered the general campuses as first-time freshmen in selected 2- and 4-year campuses in Colorado. Four student cohorts were studied within three campuses (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs) of the University of Colorado system, and a comparison of their performance was made involving grade point average (GPA), mean term credit load, graduation rates, and retention/drop-out rates. Findings revealed that there are significant differences between the academic performance and graduation rates of in-state, first-time freshmen and transfer students. In comparison to the freshmen students who survived to their second year, the transfer cohorts: (1) had a lower graduation rate; (2) had a lower percentage attaining a 2.0 GPA or better in their first year; (3) took a lower student credit hour load; and (4) brought between 31 and 39 transfer student credit hours, while the surviving freshman cohorts brought a median of 30 credit hours to their second year on the Boulder campus and 27 credit hours at the Colorado Springs and Denver campuses. (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Cohort Analysis, College Credits, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, Graduation, Higher Education, In State Students, Institutional Research, Postsecondary Education, Transfer Students, Trend Analysis, Two Year College Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Student Course Load; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Colorado Colorado Springs; University of Colorado Denver
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (31st, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 1991).