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ERIC Number: ED400888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-19
Pages: 106
Abstractor: N/A
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Making the Transition: An Exploratory Study of Academic Achievement, Involvement, Adjustment, and Satisfaction of Transfer Students at UCLA.
Laanan, Frankie Santos
In fall 1995, a study was conducted of students who transferred from California community colleges to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) to determine their academic performance and to explore the nature of their adjustment. Two transfer populations were examined: students enrolled in the Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), a program run by UCLA to prepare community college students to transfer in as juniors, and traditional transfer students with no prior TAP experience. Questionnaires were administered to 868 students who had transferred to UCLA in fall 1993, soliciting information on students' characteristics, community college experiences, and UCLA experiences. Based on responses from 49 TAP and 201 non-TAP students, the study found that 77% of TAP and 59% of non-TAP students were of traditional college age (i.e., younger than 24). In addition, while the mean grade point average (GPA) of TAP students was significantly higher in high school than non-TAP students and slightly higher at their community college, it was slightly lower at UCLA. TAP students were also more likely to have had positive experiences with academic counselors at community colleges and were more likely to approach faculty outside of class. Non-TAP students were more likely to use academic tutoring and to have higher levels of academic involvement. Contains 33 references. Appendixes provide a list of colleges participating in TAP, a description of TAP, the survey instrument and cover letters, and tables of survey responses. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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