Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
James L. Ratcliff
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of cumulative semester credit hour achievement and student satisfaction with the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) experience on transfer student academic achievement at graduation from a baccalaureate-granting institution. In addition, this study determined transfer student satisfaction with their NIACC preparation as individuals, for the work place, as citizens, and as family members;Specifically, the study sample included first-time transfer students who first enrolled at NIACC between the fall 1981 and summer 1983 semesters inclusive, and had both an ACT composite score and a high school cumulative grade point average listed on their NIACC permanent student record. A total of 566 transfer students were selected on the basis of these criteria. A survey mailed to each sampled student resulted in 32 undeliverable surveys and 327 returns or 61.24 percent;Data analyses included descriptive, chi-Square, Pearson Product-Moment Correlation, and Analysis of Variance statistical tests. The results of this investigation did not fully support the general hypothesis that the effect of the community college on the transfer student varies with the amount of exposure to the community college environment. Rather, the findings suggested that the quantity of semester credit hours earned at the community college had little or no relationship on selected student outcomes.
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Daniel Joseph Phelan
Phelan, Daniel Joseph, "A study of the relative effect of the community college on transfer students: achievement and satisfaction " (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 11213.