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ERIC Number: ED039550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-16
Pages: 20
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Transfer Expectations.
Buckley, Harold Donald
This study investigated the nature of transfer student expectations of the college environment and how these expectations affect academic performance and satisfaction with the college experience. The sample consisted of 100 entering freshmen, 100 upperclassmen, 228 transfer students at a Collefe of the State University of New York. The students responded to Stern's College Characteristics Index which measured what they thought was generally true of college life. At the conclusion of the first semester the grade point average and satisfaction score, determined by the Student Satisfaction Questionnaire, were ascertained for each student. It was found that both freshmen and transfer students had unrealistic expectations of the college environment and anticipated a high intellectual or non-intellectual climate. The effect of the unrealistic expectations of transfer students on academic performance and satisfaction was somewhat unexpected and not altogether clear. Positive correlations were shown between grade point average and total disparity score for part of the sample, and small negative correlations were discovered between satisfaction and grade point average. Assimilation of the new students was accomplished early in the first semester and their perceptions became more realistic after approximately three months of classes. (Author/RSM)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American College Personnel Association, St. Louis, Missouri, March 16-18, 1970