ERIC Number: ED184647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Reverse Transfer Student Characteristics--Fall 1979. Office of Institutional Research, Research Report 80-3.
Drakulich, J. Scott; Karlen, Janice M.
In order to determine the characteristics of students who transferred to Essex County College from four-year institutions in Fall 1979, the responses of 88 reverse transfer students (RTS's) to 84 items on the entering student demographic questionnaire were compared to the responses of 2,087 new Fall 1979 students. The questionnaire solicited information related to college choice; educational plans, goals, and background; marital, veteran, ethnic, and employment status; transportation; residence; family size; intended major; occupational plans and their relation to major; finances; parents' characteristics and attitudes; interest in support services and extracurricular activities; handicaps and health; and anticipations with regard to program and career goal changes and academic persistence and success. Major findings indicate that while the new students chose Essex because of the availability of financial aid and/or its academic reputation, the RTS's attended to take courses in their intended major. More RTS's were white, married, and non-veterans. In addition, the RTS's had better educational backgrounds--only 1% had not graduated from a high school as compared to 20% of the new students. While there was no apparent difference in the overall importance the two groups attached to a college education, the RTS's were more certain of their educational plans and had higher career aspirations. The questionnaire is included. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Choice, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment, Ethnic Groups, Family Characteristics, Income, Majors (Students), Marital Status, Occupational Aspiration, Questionnaires, Reverse Transfer Students, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Veterans
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Essex County Coll., Newark, NJ.