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ERIC Number: EJ889242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Community College Transfer Students' Adjustment to a Four-Year Institution: A Qualitative Analysis
Owens, Karen R.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v22 n1 p87-128 2010
This research presents findings from a qualitative study investigating the perceptions of students engaged in the transfer process. Fifty-seven community college transfer students were interviewed through e-journaling during fall 2006 and spring 2007 in an effort to learn what students perceive as a successful transfer process, supports needed to accommodate a successful transfer process, and barriers inhibiting successful transfer. In reflecting on their initial adjustment, student journals described experiences of marginality, difficulty finding guidance, and learning to navigate the university system. E-journals also reveal personal attention, academic integration, social interaction, and technology as important parts of the transfer support system while lack of communication between and within the community college and the university was seen as a significant barrier. Student comments also presented recommendations for change. (Contains 1 table.)
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida