ERIC Number: EJ824824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 9
"Feeling like a Freshman Again": The Transfer Student Transition
Townsend, Barbara K.
New Directions for Higher Education, n144 p69-77 Win 2008
Undergraduate transfer is a fact of life. At least 40 percent of students attend more than one institution on their path to a baccalaureate degree. Some students initially attend a two-year college, so transfer is to be expected if they seek a baccalaureate. Two-year college students are not the only ones who transfer. Data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study 1995-2001 (BPSLS:95/2001) show that 27 percent of students who started at a public four-year school and almost 24 percent who started at a private, nonprofit school transferred at least once (National Center for Education Statistics, 2002). Some of this transfer may include what is known as "reverse transfer," or transferring to a community college after attending a four-year college or university. As a result, there is increasing interest in transfer students' transition to their new institution, often referred to as the receiving institution. In this article, the author describes two parts of the transfer transition: (1) the transfer process itself, which she labels transfer transition part 1; and (2) the adjustment once at the receiving institution, which she calls transfer transition part 2. To do so, the author draws primarily from her current research about transfer students' experiences once at their receiving college or university. She concludes with suggestions for ways that administrators and faculty at both the sending and receiving campuses can facilitate the transfer student transition.
Descriptors: Reverse Transfer Students, Transfer Students, Transitional Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, Student Adjustment, Academic Support Services, Student Personnel Services, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
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