ERIC Number: EJ1055386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
The Influence Theory: Factors That Influence the Transfer Advising Process
Webb, Alan L.; Dantzler, John A.; Hardy, David E.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n7 p619-632 2015
The transfer rate from community college to four-year institutions has been dropping for the past 70 years. In the most recent statistics, the national rate of transfer is 23% (Cohen & Brawer, 2008). In the state of Alabama the transfer rate is approximately 4%, and in the rural counties of Alabama the transfer rate hovers around 1%. Many studies have been conducted on the transfer process, but none have focused on the transfer process from a theoretical perspective. Most studies focus attention on disparate pieces of the transfer puzzle. To date, there is no overarching theory of the transfer process that will bring coherence to this field of study. This study views the transfer process through the experience of nine transfer advisors who serve students in 11 community colleges located in rural counties in the state of Alabama. The findings establish a substantive theory that will provide a contextual framework for researchers who wish to study specific features of the transfer process. The "Influence Theory" establishes five factors that play a prominent role in the transfer advising process: institutional, cultural, contextual, advisor, and student. This article concludes with implications for practice and future research.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Transfer Rates (College), Transfer Students, Influences, Academic Advising, Faculty Advisers, Grounded Theory, Context Effect, Cultural Influences, College Faculty, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama