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ERIC Number: ED357774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-17
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer Shock Revisited: A Longitudinal Study of Transfer Academic Performance.
Keeley, Edward J., III; House, J. Daniel
A study was performed at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to measure the effect of "transfer shock" on community college students' academic performance during their first semesters of enrollment at NIU, as well as to determine whether academic class, gender, ethnicity, age, major, resident status, and previous degree achievements had any influence on transfer shock. The study examined mean grade point averages (GPA's) at transfer and for each of four semesters at NIU beginning fall 1989. Results of the study included: (1) overall, students did experience some degree of transfer shock, with junior transfer students' GPA's declining from 3.099 to 2.764 in their first term and sophomore transfers' GPA's falling from 2.971 to 2.677; (2) students transferring from Illinois public community colleges generally showed a higher degree of transfer shock than did transfers from all other institutions, especially at the sophomore level; (3) earning an Associate degree seemed to be a positive factor in academic performance; (4) women brought better transfer GPA's than the men, and generally outperformed men at both levels; (5) transfers aged 25 and over experienced very little transfer shock, while the under-21 group outperformed their 21-24 year old peers; (6) minority Illinois community college transfers brought in lower transfer GPA's and experienced a greater degree of transfer shock; and (7) transfer performance varied widely by majors. A list of references and data presented in graph form are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A