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ERIC Number: ED308915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 290
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Satisfaction and Success of University Students in Transfer Programs.
Vaala, Leslie D.
A study was conducted to identify variables associated with student success in and satisfaction with transfer to the University of Alberta (UA) from other postsecondary institutions in Alberta. A sample of 383 students who attended Alberta colleges before registering at UA were surveyed, and 10 additional transfer students were interviewed concerning their transfer experience. Study findings included the following: (1) factors relating to students' satisfaction with their transfer experience included UA's acceptance of college credits and feeling comfortable at the university; (2) students tended to be more satisfied with their experiences prior to transfer than those at UA, feeling that college faculty were more genuinely concerned about their students than UA faculty; (3) the more successful transfer students tended to have friends already registered at the university, and had visited UA prior to transferring; (4) students reported that the single most important source of transfer program assistance was college faculty members' interest and guidance in program planning; (5) a relationship between contacts with faculty and peers and students' satisfaction found in earlier studies was confirmed for students' college experience but not their university experience; and (6) students often attributed success in college to faculty-student interactions, while success at the university tended to be attributed to "hard work." The study report includes an extensive literature review on motivation theory, student satisfaction with postsecondary education, and transfer in Canada. The questionnaire and interview schedule and a 159-item bibliography are appended. (Author/ALB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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