Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pennsylvania Community College Students Interested in Earning Baccalaureate Degrees: A Qualitative Analysis of Their Decision-Making Experiences
by Fetterolf, Annette M., D.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2018, 215; 10840335
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative narrative research study explores the reasons that undergraduate transfer students make college and career planning decisions. The insights of community college students who expressed interest in completing a bachelor’s degree but did not enroll at a university were compared with the perspectives of university students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program who had successfully transferred from a community college. The student input was analyzed to determine if there were differences in their decision-making experiences. Sixteen undergraduate students enrolled at higher education institutions in Pennsylvania responded to open-ended questions related to choosing a college and degree major, navigating the transfer admissions process, and participating in extracurricular activities. The participants provided viewpoints for ways in which they engaged with academic advising and transfer student support services and the influences that motivated their decisions. The qualitative data analysis resulted in nine emergent themes related to community college transfer student decision-making. The study concludes with a discussion and recommendations for further investigation. Understanding the student decision-making experiences of community college transfer students provides fellow-students, parents, education leaders, and policymakers with insights to support student success.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Piper, David M.
Commitee: Kerry-Moran, Kelli Jo, Paquette, Kelli R.
School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department: Professional Studies in Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Higher education
Keywords: College persistence, College transfer, Community college transfer, Decision-making, First-generation college student, Workforce development
Publication Number: 10840335
ISBN: 978-0-438-24983-7
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