ERIC Number: ED363360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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University Practices That Hinder the Academic Success of Community College Transfer Students.
Townsend, Barbara K.
Previous research on the difficulties faced by community college students transferring to four-year institutions has suggested that community colleges inadequately prepare students for the academic environment of their new institution. To examine transfer students' perceptions of their academic experiences and the causes of difficulties, interviews were conducted of nine urban community college students who transferred to a private university between 1987 and 1992. Student comments pointed to two areas of the university's academic culture that caused difficulties: certain teaching practices and classroom atmosphere. Four students reported an unwillingness on the part of faculty to provide assistance to offset their lack of background knowledge, which contrasted with perceptions of more supportive faculty at the community college. In addition, several students reported the absence of cooperative classroom interaction among students and between students and faculty at the university, attributing it to the increased sense of competition. Students who articulated a reason for the differences in academic environments usually pointed to the difference in student bodies, in essence perceiving the diversity of the community college students as a barrier to the quality of education provided. An analysis of the student comments suggests that differences in teaching practices could be a result of the pressure of the tenure process on university faculty, while the lack of cooperation between students could reflect the same faculty unwillingness. (ECC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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