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ERIC Number: ED561553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 108
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-6741-7
Transfer Students from California Community Colleges: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Social Capital and Institutional Factors That Lead to a Timely Transfer to a Public, Four-Year University
Hermoso, Katrina Virata
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The unique experiences of community college transfer students have not been explored at public, four-year universities. Most of the research on the experiences of community college students is based on quantitative research methods, which fail to provide a comprehensive understanding of the nature of students' lived experiences. This qualitative study contributes to the literature by exploring the experiences of successful transfer students after they have enrolled at a public, four-year university. This study will add to our understanding of how best to serve prospective transfer students during times of diminished resources and limited enrollments. The study took place at Golden State University (GSU), which enrolls the largest number of transfer students of any public university in the state of California. Utilizing techniques from grounded theory, this study sought to understand the unique characteristics and needs of transfer students and institutional barriers, which hindered their transfer experiences. This study discovered that community college transfer students do possess social capital, mostly in the form of information channels. The most prominent institutional factor that hindered their transfer processes was the recent budget cuts to public higher education. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California