ERIC Number: ED362086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Community College Transfer Students in an Urban University: Survival of the Fittest?
Townsend, Barbara K.
A case study was done to understand the possible obstacles to the transfer and retention of community college students who have moved to the university. The study focused on the perceptions of a group of community college transfer students about the transfer process and their new academic world. The students all transferred from a large, public, urban community college with open admissions to a private, religiously-affiliated, moderately selective, doctorate-granting university in the same urban area. Forty-four participants were interviewed concerning their experiences and to uncover dynamics in the process and classroom. Of the participants, 7 had graduated from the university, 16 were no longer attending, and 21 were still enrolled. The data suggested that the community college transfer student who succeeds at this university is a fairly self-reliant student able to survive with minimal institutional help. The transfer students were surprised at the competitiveness among the university students and the Darwinian attitude of the faculty toward their students. Overall, community college transfer students were adapted to the community college student-centered approach designed to raise self-esteem sometimes at the expense of academic standards. Such students may be confused and shocked when they face different standards and expectations. Contains 21 references and the interview questions. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Case Studies, College Students, Community Colleges, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Interviews, Private Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Transfer Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)