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ERIC Number: ED437098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-15
Pages: 104
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
From Community College to University: A Comparative Study of Santa Monica College and Non-Santa Monica College Students. Research Project.
Laanan, Frankie Santos
Using secondary data collected by F. Laanan (1995), this study investigated how students who transferred from California Community Colleges to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in fall 1993 performed academically, and explored the nature of their experiences in adjusting to the four-year institution. This comparative study describes the attitudes and perceptions of students' community college and UCLA experiences for two groups: (1) students who transferred from Santa Monica College (SMC); and (2) students who did not transfer from SMC (or non-SMC). A 104-item Transfer Students' Questionnaire (TSQ) was used to collect information from students. The researcher finds that the academic preparations and/or rigor required in SMC courses provided the socialization and preparation for the course work at UCLA. At UCLA, SMC students had a significantly higher GPA compared to non-SMC students. Overall, male students had lower involvement or interaction with professors at UCLA, compared to female students. Male students were more likely to agree that adjusting to UCLA was difficult and that they experienced an increased level of stress when they started. Older students were significantly more satisfied with their UCLA experience, compared to traditional students. Older students take greater advantage of interacting with world-renowned scholars and utilize the resources available to them more often. Appendices include a list of Transfer Alliance Program Colleges, the transfer students' questionnaire, the Dean's cover letter, and factor analysis results. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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