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ERIC Number: ED462096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 11
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Institutional Attendance Patterns of Students Transferring from Area Two-Year Colleges to The University of Memphis. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Townsend, Barbara K.
This document is a study on the attendance patterns of community college transfer students prior to their matriculation at The University of Memphis (Tennessee). The study focuses on three topics: (1) the percentage of community college students who transfer with associate degrees; (2) the students' patterns of institutional attendance, both in-state and out-of-state; and (3) differences in patterns of community college transfers' major and last two-year college attended. The study included 1,181 transfer students from four state community colleges; a random sample of 614 transfers were selected. The transfers were located in three main university majors: business, education, and nursing. Results included: (1) 27% of the sample population transferred with associate degrees; (2) 45% of the sample are reported as "multiple-transfers" who have attended two or more colleges or universities prior to enrolling; (3) 23% of the transfer students actually started at a four-year institution first; and (4) nursing and education were the most common community college majors for the transferring students. Overall, these patterns are shown to be common for most transfers. Other priorities like job mobility, family issues, and/or financial concerns were given as possible reasons for multiple transfers. The author suggests that these students should not so quickly be termed "dropouts." (MKF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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