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ERIC Number: ED433790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 25
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Assessing Transfer and Native Student Performance at Four-Year Institutions. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Porter, Stephen
This study compared the academic achievement and retention of transfer students and native students at one university on a class-by-class basis for: (1) returning native and returning transfer students and (2) returning native and new transfer students. These comparisons are intended to take into account expected lower freshman retention rates and expected lower retention rates of first-year students at this particular institution, as well as differential access to such resources as financial aid and housing. Outcome measures used to assess student success were retention and graduation after one year, cumulative grade point average, and whether the student was academically dismissed. The study found that transfer students, as a group, performed less well than native students on all four outcome measures, and that academic performance for both native and transfer students increased by class level. Depending on which additional factors are considered, transfer students are retained at rates 1 to 9 percent lower than native students; graduate at rates 2 to 8 percent lower than native students; earn grade point averages 1/10 to 2/10 of a grade point lower; and are academically dismissed at rates 3 to 6 percent higher. These performance differences are somewhat reduced after taking into account access to housing and financial aid resources. (Contains 14 references and 7 tables.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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