ERIC Number: ED415825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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Transitioning from High School to College: Surviving a Clash of Educational Cultures. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Lee, Wynetta Y.
This study examined the role of the North Carolina State University Transition Program (UTP) in enhancing transition of disadvantaged students from high school and increasing their persistence to degree. The UTP, which targets academically underprepared African American and Native American students, provides special courses and counseling services. It was hypothesized that such students experienced a clash of educational cultures as they moved from structured and supervised learning environments in high school (often rural) to the autonomous and competitive learning environment at this urban, research university. Data were obtained from focus group interviews during students' freshman year, staff interviews, observations, and records. The study found that students were interested in having a faculty mentor in their field of study; there was a discrepancy between students' learning style and the teaching style of the majority of instructors; residence hall living was a major adjustment; students' nutrition appeared to be problematic; students experienced feelings of homesickness early in the academic year but later appreciated their independence; and students feared failing and having to return home. The study noted that students expressed positive views of the assistance provided through the UTP, including financial aid, help with registration, and special math and writing courses, but also seemed to need stronger support for personal development. (Contains 14 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: American Indians, Basic Skills, Black Students, College Freshmen, Developmental Studies Programs, High Risk Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Individual Development, Skill Development, State Universities, Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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