ERIC Number: ED449854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Factors That Influence Community College Transfer Students' Satisfaction with Their Baccalaureate Institutions.
Alpern, Barbara E.
Research on persistence to degree suggests that students' satisfaction with their institution is a good predictor of successfully completing a baccalaureate degree. This study examines the direct and indirect personal and institutional factors that influence community college transfer students' satisfaction with their baccalaureate institutions and, ultimately, their persistence to degree. Significant predictors in this study were transfer process, financial aid, and social integration. Results indicated that major issues affecting student satisfaction with the baccalaureate institution and persistence to degree include: (1) institutional influences at both the community college and baccalaureate institution; (2) student expectation of what is involved at both the community college and baccalaureate institution; (3) student expectations of what is involved in the transfer process; (4) student experiences in the execution of the transfer process; (5) student educational and career goals; and (6) factors affecting academic performance and time to degree. The author suggests that, as the acceptance of community college transfer students as equal partners in the higher education community increases, researchers and institutions should take the opportunity to assess student satisfaction and develop models of student persistence. Contains 83 references. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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