Author(s)

Amanda Farina

Date Approved

9-21-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Transfer students--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The goal of this study was to investigate the impact transfer seminars at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey had on transfer students' adjustment to college. The study explored the college goals/outcomes, and study strategies students used both before and after taking the transfer seminar. This study utilized archival data from 328 surveys collected since 2003. Students were administered a survey at the beginning of the transfer seminar course and then again at the end of the semester. Results from the data analysis showed some statistically significant changes from pre to post survey. Most notably, students were concerned about financing their education and creating a course schedule that was convenient and would work with their responsibilities and obligations. The results of the study confirmed some of the previous literature written about transfer students and their adjustment to a new institution. While the transfer seminar did elicit some changes in students' thoughts and attitudes about their education, and study strategies, no statistically significant changes were found.

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