Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An examination of institutional improvement on measures of out-of-class interactions between faculty and community college transfer students at bachelor's-granting institutions
by Schwarz, Michael J., Ph.D., Indiana University, 2016, 204; 10193981
Abstract (Summary)

With the recent attention being paid to student success and student equity, as well as outcomes for historically and currently disadvantaged students including those who begin at community colleges, this study examines the extent to which positive changes have been observed that are favorable to community college student success after transfer. Data from the 2005-2012 administrations of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) are examined to determine the extent to which out-of-class student faculty interaction – a known contributor to student success – has increased over time for community college transfer students at a subset of bachelor’s-granting institutions. Corresponding data from the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), as well as IPEDS data, are used to identify institutional conditions that positively impact institutional change over a period of at least three years in a measure of out-of-class student-faculty interaction with community college transfer students. The overall purpose of the current study is to explore what baccalaureate colleges and universities can do to enhance the outcomes of students who transfer from community colleges. Results confirm that overall positive changes in out-of-class student-faculty interaction for community college transfer students have occurred in the group of institutions examined. In addition, the number of institutions that report an increase of practical significance in out-of-class student-faculty interaction for community college transfer students is about double the number of institutions reporting a significant decrease. Selected additional findings show that the institutional proportion of full-time undergraduates, as well a measure of campus support, help lay the groundwork for positive future changes in out-of-class student-faculty interaction for community college transfer students. Future quantitative and qualitative research is recommended to further examine the practices and attributes of institutions where positive changes in community college transfer student-faculty interaction have been observed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nelson Laird, Thomas F.
Commitee: Gonyea, Robert M., McCormick, Alexander C., Palmer, Megan M.
School: Indiana University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Education Policy, Communication, Education, Higher education
Keywords: College, Community College, Faculty, Interaction, Student, Transfer
Publication Number: 10193981
ISBN: 9781369341966