ERIC Number: ED114139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
A Follow-Up Study of Transfer Students from Southern West Virginia Community College to Marshall University: 1967-1972.
Nolan, Edwin J.; Hall, Donald L.
In order to evaluate the efficacy of the college parallel program at Southern West Virginia Community College (SWVCC), a follow-up study was conducted of all students who had attended SWVCC between 1967 and 1972 and had subsequently transferred to Marshall University. Each of the 204 students in the sample had earned at least 30 semester credit hours at each institution. Grade point averages earned at each institution revealed that SWVCC transfers experienced some transfer shock in the initial semester, with an average drop of .26, but went on to perform better than they had at SWVCC. No significant differences were found between the achievement of the transfer students and lower division native students. A questionnaire survey of 109 current transfer students was conducted to elicit subjective evaluations of their college experiences, with a 43 percent response rate. Personal interviews were then conducted with 35 of the respondents. Students expressed high satisfaction with SWVCC because of small classes and personal attention. ransfer shock was attributed to the more demanding course work of upper division classes; the change from the rural environment of SWVCC to the urban environment of Marshall was not felt to be a significant factor. A review of the literature is included, and an extensive bibliography is appended. (BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern West Virginia Community Coll., Logan.