ERIC Number: ED474482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Factors That Influence Transfer Student Academic Performance and Retention.
Zhai, Lijuan; Newcomb, L. H.
The purpose of this study was to identify factors related to the academic performance and retention of students who transferred to a four-year university. The population for this study consisted of 232 transfer students. Data were collected via questionnaire surveys and from existing records. Descriptive and correlational statistics were used to analyze and summarize the data. It was found that academic deficiency was one of the major reasons why transfer students canceled enrollment in the college. Students who dropped out earned a lower grade point average (GPA) both at their previous institution and after transferring than those who persisted. Findings also suggest that younger students and male students tended to persist to a greater extent than others. Of all the characteristics examined in this study, GPA on transferring was the best indicator of expected academic performance at the four-year university. Transfer students' academic goals may influence their academic performance. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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