Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
The problem, as set forth in this research, concerns the effect of transferring credits on students graduating from independent colleges in Iowa. The purpose of the study was to determine to what extent, if any, degree attainment varies between: (a) those students who are native to the college, (b) those students who transferred into the selected four-year college from an Iowa community college, (c) those students who transferred into the selected four-year colleges from a community college outside Iowa, and (d) those students who transferred into the selected four-year colleges from another four-year college;Specific research questions included: (a) Are there differences in total hours accumulated between native students who graduated from selected independent colleges in Iowa and those students who transferred 30 or more semester hours toward graduation? (b) Do differences exist between native students and students who transferred from an Iowa community college (Iowa community college transfer)? (c) Do differences exist between native students and students who transferred from a community college outside the state of Iowa (out-of-state community college transfer)? (d) Do differences exist between native students and students who transferred from another four-year college (four-year college transfer)? (e) Do differences exist between Iowa community college transfers, other community college transfers and four-year college transfers when compared to one another?;The one-way analysis of variance was the primary statistical procedure used in this investigation. The differences between the mean of semester hours completed to graduate within each group was calculated to determine differences in degree attainment between transfers and native students at selected independent colleges. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) is an inferential technique used to determine whether two or more means are significantly different from one another. Two methods of analysis were used to provide a more accurate presentation of the data. In addition to the analysis of variance ANOVA, the Scheffe method was calculated to provide a more comparatively conservative interpretation. The level of significance has been determined at the .05 level in this non-directional test.
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Ronald Eugene Oswalt
Oswalt, Ronald Eugene, "A study of the degree attainment of native students and transfer students at independent colleges in Iowa " (1986). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 8286.