ERIC Number: ED444659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Investigating Transfer Project, Phase II: Community College Students' Perceptions of Transfer: The Case of Douglas College.
This report describes the findings from interviews and a focus group of 37 Douglas College (British Columbia) students who had transferred from community colleges. It sought to determine the nature of transfer; portray experiences surrounding the transfer process; document difficulties and successes encountered before, during, and after transfer; highlight advantages and disadvantages of transfer; and offer recommendations for improving the transfer process. Most interviewees reported that they commenced their studies at a community college with the intention to transfer to a university. Respondents gave a number of reasons for commencing their post-secondary studies at a community college and then transferring to a university, rather than entering a university directly. Students were usually very attentive to the question of transferability. For the majority of students interviewed, the mechanics of the transfer process did not present an overwhelming source of distress. Of all the issues associated with transfer, the decline in grade point average after transfer was the most significant and the one that consistently caused students the most anxiety. The key disadvantages involved adapting to two different institutions and the extra demands placed on transfer students that were not expected of students who commenced their studies at university. The paper includes the interview coding scheme. (Contains 10 references.) (VWC)
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, Vancouver.
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada