ERIC Number: EJ725591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Reference Count: 12
Academic Performance of Transfer Versus "Native" Students in Natural Resources & Sciences
Johnson, Matthew D.
College Student Journal, v39 n3 p570 Sep 2005
Transfer students comprise a substantial component of the student body in many 4-year academic colleges, but the factors affecting students' success once they have transferred are poorly understood. Using data from standard university records, academic performance was examined for 2,467 students enrolled in natural resource majors at a mid-sized public West Coast university with a reputation for an emphasis on natural resources and sciences. Contrary to other studies, no statistical evidence was found for a difference in the performance of native and transfer students: both raw GPA and GPA adjusted for precollege variables were statistically indistinguishable between the two groups of students. Two hypotheses for the lack of difference in performance are offered. First, small class sizes at the university studied may facilitate a greater a sense of social security and thereby ease the adjustment for transfer students to their new schools. Second, the geographical isolation may encourage transfer students to remain near the campus community, which could usher more rapid assimilation into the academic community. A better understanding of the factors that elevate and alleviate transfer shock will help academic administrators, counselors, and teachers better ensure the success of transfer students.
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Academic Achievement, Environmental Education, Universities, Grade Point Average, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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