ERIC Number: ED339313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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The Gypsy Student in Higher Education: Background Characteristics and Interinstitutional Movements of a Multiple Transfer Population. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Kearney, Gretchen Warner; Towsend, Barbara K.
This study examined the background characteristics and previous inter-institutional movements of a sample of multiple-transfers enrolled at a large, urban, public university. The study evaluated a random sample of 424 students from a population of 906 undergraduate students who transferred to the university in Fall 1989 and who had previously attended two or more postsecondary institutions. Primary data were obtained through a questionnaire using variables previously found to be related to college choice, student persistence and transfer behavior. Secondary data were provided by the university's official records along with academic and demographic data on first-time freshmen and transfers for comparison. Results of the study suggested that multiple transfer students tend to possess the same demographic, academic and motivational attributes that characterize college persisters. Most chose and also left institutions because of the quality and/or variety of their academic programs. Rather than resulting from poor choice, the behavior of students in the multiple transfer sample appeared to be due in part to students' earlier conscious selection of lower-choice, less selective community colleges and public 4-year institutions. Included are 1 table, 1 figure, and 79 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Multiple Transfer Students
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).