Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Counseling and Human Development
Counseling and Personnel Services, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
transfer students; retention; transfer shock; persistence
As more students evaluate their choice for higher education, the rate of transfer students continues to grow. The transfer population is often addressed broadly in research studies, and few examine differences among the population. This study was designed to analyze the differences in transfer shock and retention rates between students who transferred from a community college to a four-year institution (vertical) versus those who transferred from one four-year institution to another (lateral). Participants of this study consisted of 1,032 students who transferred to the University of Louisville during the fall 2014, 2015, and 2016 semesters. Results indicated, when controlling for high school GPA and ACT score, vertical and lateral transfers both experienced transfer shock, but vertical transfers experienced a larger drop in GPA. Results also indicated type of transfer institution was not a significant predictor in first to second semester or second to third semester retention rates. However, both vertical and lateral transfers were retained at approximately the same rate from first to second semester, but vertical transfers were retained at higher rates overall.
McKee, Joshua Harris, "Different and the same: a comparison of vertical and lateral transfer students." (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3222.
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