Perceptions of rural community college students of the transfer process to a four-year institution: an exploratory study

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dc.contributor King, Margaret I.
dc.contributor Laanan, Frankie Santos
dc.contributor Katsinas, Stephen G.
dc.contributor VanderMeer, Jeanette L.
dc.contributor.advisor Hardy, David E.
dc.contributor.author Sacksteder LaClair, Elizabeth Erin
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:36:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:36:17Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000409
dc.identifier.other SackstederLaClair_alatus_0004D_10429
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/915
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract Utilizing the current literature base on rural community colleges, transfer student adjustment, academic advising and articulation issues, the purpose of this research study was to ascertain the adjustment issues and experiences of rural community college students who have the intent to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution. The perceptions these rural community college students have regarding the transfer process are the focus of the study. Students from ten rural community colleges, who participated in the Alabama College Transfer Advising Corps, a project of The University of Alabama and funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation were used in the study. The survey instrument used in this study is a variation of Laanan Transfer Student Questionnaire (L-TSQ). Survey questions were reframed such that those regarding university experiences and the students' potential transfer to a four-year college/university were treated as reflections on the meditational transition, or transition that has not yet occurred. The study addressed the experiences of community college students, and offers policy recommendations and identifies practical ways that both two-year and four-year institutions can further support the rural community college student who has the goal of a four-year baccalaureate degree. Basic descriptive statistics were used to answer the central research question and eight sub-research questions. Findings, conclusions, and recommendations for policy, practice, and future study are presented. en_US
dc.format.extent 306 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Higher education administration
dc.title Perceptions of rural community college students of the transfer process to a four-year institution: an exploratory study en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Higher Education Administration
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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