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ERIC Number: EJ872336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Making the Most of a Small Midwestern University: The Case of Transfer Students
Fee, Joan Flynn; Prolman, Sandra; Thomas, Jay
College Student Journal, v43 n4 p1204-1216 Dec 2009
Although there is a substantial literature on factors that encourage college students' success, Light's 2001 Harvard study, "Making the Most of College," represents the largest qualitative study in a highly quantitative gathering. There is little qualitative research on college-student success, especially that of transfer students. To discover how well Light's findings generalize, this research investigates a very different case, that of transfer students in a small, regional teaching university. The researchers use focus groups, individual interviews, and field notes to gather data from just under 100 seniors, a quarter of the senior class. While the research confirms many of Light's findings, some findings differ (reasons for attending, attitudes toward employment, motivation for success, college-university transition); and others nuance Light's work. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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