ERIC Number: ED429654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
Any Differences? Comparative Analysis of White and Non-White Transfer Students at a University.
Laanan, Frankie Santos
This study sought to examine the community college and university experiences of students who differed by racial/ethnic background. C. R. Pace's concept of Quality of Effort was employed to frame questions regarding level of involvement, quality of effort, general perceptions and the academic and social adjustment process. The research design utilized the Transfer Student Questionnaire (TSQ) and captured a sample of 696 students. Descriptive and factor analyses as well as tests of significance were employed in the data analysis. Results suggest that non-white students are likely to have different experiences at both the two- and four-year institutions than white students in terms of quality of effort, perceptions of the environment, and educational background. White students reported a significantly higher quality of effort with regard to faculty and course learning. Whites also performed better than non-white students as measured by GPA. However, a significantly higher number of non-whites than whites were first-generation college students. Implications for future practice are discussed. Survey results are appended. Contains 37 references. (SKF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).