ERIC Number: ED427809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Models for Understanding and Predicting the Undergraduate Educational Attainment Patterns of Public Community College Students Who Transfer with the Associate in Arts Degree into a State University System.
Minear, Dorothy J.
This dissertation investigates academic performance, persistence, and baccalaureate degree attainment patterns for 12,824 community college students who transferred with Associate in Arts (AA) degrees to a state university system during the 1991-92 academic year. Analyses focused on students' attributes, academic background, transition, adjustment, and integration into the university. Variables with a significant effect on at least one of the outcomes included: (1) gender; (2) birth year; (3) community college grade point average; (4) time gap between community college and university enrollment; (5) average university composite Scholastic Aptitude Test score; (6) term of entry; (7) first-term course load; (8) first-term change in grade point average; (9) number of requested degree changes; (10) and change of institution within the system. A prediction model was developed that accurately classified 69% of the AA transfers as: (1) students who attained the baccalaureate from the system during the specified time; (2) students who remained enrolled in the system at the end of the specified time; (3) nonpersisters who left the system in good academic standing; or (4) nonpersisters who left the system not in good academic standing and did not return to graduate or to remain enrolled at the end of the investigation. Information from this investigation may be used by educators to make appropriate adjustments on campus policies and practices and to design support systems that will enhance transfer students' educational attainment. Contains 24 tables and more than 300 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Doctoral Dissertation, Florida State University, Tallahassee.