Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Ford, Katherine

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities

Advisor(s)

Dr. Carmen Ruth Bosch

Abstract

This research study investigated the transfer student process in the College of Education at James Madison University. A survey was conducted to analyze the transfer student process using both quantitate and qualitative information. Twenty-two transfer students responded, giving perspective on the academic, social/cultural, and psychological challenges faced during their transition to James Madison University.

Results of the data analysis showed that the greatest problem in the transfer process lies in the area of poor academic advising. Non-transferrable credits, unnecessary class enrollment, and prolonged graduation dates are three of the top academic issues transfer students face. Socially, transfer students feel isolated from their new peers due to preformed cliques and lack of involvement. Students that joined campus organization were more likely to feel like a part of the JMU community. Many transfer students struggle financially, making employment a necessity. Lack of time is a major contributor to lack of involvement in transfer students.

 
 

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