ERIC Number: ED311951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Longitudinal Look at the 1988 Cohort of Transfer Summer Program Participants' Academic Progress and Social and Cultural Adjustment to the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ackermann, Susan P.
The University of California at Los Angeles's (UCLA's) Transfer Summer Program (TSP) is designed to increase the academic achievement, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented and low-income students and to ease their transition from community college to UCLA. In 1989, a study was conducted to assess the extent to which TSP students felt that the program had fulfilled its goals and objectives. All 75 students who attended TSP in summer 1988 were surveyed regarding the effectiveness of the program in light of their experiences at UCLA, the quality and availability of campus services, and their use of these services. In addition, the study examined the students' academic progress through winter 1988-89. Study findings, based on a 36% response rate, included the following: (1) the TSP students were 52% female and 48% male, with an ethnic breakdown of 36% Chicano, 36% Black, 20% Latino, and 8% Filipino; (2) in fall 1988, 56% of the students worked part time on campus, 41% worked off campus, and 74% had family responsibilities to meet; (3) overall, students rated the fulfillment of TSP's academic goals (e.g., aiding academic adjustment to UCLA and increasing control over their academic future) lower than its non-academic goals (e.g., increasing self-confidence and aiding in the social and cultural adjustment to UCLA); (4) although 63% of the students were able to keep up in most of their classes, 54% indicated that their fall classes were more difficult than expected; (5) on average, students indicated that TSP "adequately" prepared them to participate effectively in the classroom, to assess their abilities, and to interact with others; (6) 25% were dissatisfied with the quality and 20% dissatisfied with the availability of their departmental advisor; (7) over half of the students did not use available tutorial or counseling services; and (8) 94% of the TSP students continued at UCLA through spring 1989. A list of transition programs for students and the survey instrument are appended. (VVC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Counseling, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Orientation, State Universities, Student Adjustment, Summer Programs, Transfer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Office of Academic Interinstitutional Programs.