ERIC Number: ED434714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Transfer Performance at JMU.
James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the academic performance of transfers from Virginia community colleges to James Madison University (JMU). In fall 1996, 231 students transferred to JMU from in-state community colleges. The major feeder community colleges were Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge, Lord Fairfax, and Piedmont Virginia. The average first-year GPA of transfers was approximately 2.70, compared to 3.00 for all JMU students. Eighty percent of transfers were on the President's List, the Dean's List or in Good Standing, compared with 91% of all JMU undergraduates. The most popular majors for transfer students were Psychology, History, Computer Information Systems, English, and Sociology. JMU participated in a Course-Based Model of Transfer Success (CBMTS) that compares transfer student and native student performance in courses requiring prerequisites. The disciplines with the highest transfer student GPAs were Elementary Education (3.75), Nutrition (3.57), and Early Childhood Education (3.40). Average GPA for transfer students was below 2.00 in several subjects: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Math, and Psychology. With the exception of Chemistry, transfer students majoring in these disciplines had an average GPA above 2.00. Transfer students had an average GPA of below 2.00 in 17 courses, many in disciplines that require a high degree of analytical skills. (RDG)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA.