ERIC Number: EJ797079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Reference Count: 0
How Do Transfers Survive after "Transfer Shock"? A Longitudinal Study of Transfer Student Departure at a Four-Year Institution
Ishitani, Terry T.
Research in Higher Education, v49 n5 p403-419 Aug 2008
Prompted by the notion of "Transfer Shock", numerous studies examined academic performance of transfer students at senior institutions. However, few studies are found that examine how the varying nature of semester GPAs impact subsequent persistence behavior of transfer students after the initial drop in their college GPAs. Using an institutional data set, this study longitudinally investigated departure behavior of transfer students at a senior institution. Particular attention was given to how entry at different times and semester GPAs affected transfer student departure. Results indicate that during their first semester, sophomore and junior transfer students were 73% less likely to depart than freshman transfer students. After controlling for explanatory variables, higher semester GPAs were positively associated with higher persistence rates throughout the observation period.
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Academic Persistence, Longitudinal Studies, Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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