Determinants of Junior College Student Transfer Predisposition: Student Transfer from Austin Community College to Texas State University-San Marcos
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This applied research seeks to accomplish two purposes. The first purpose is to describe transfer students who successfully earn admission to and enroll at Texas State University-San Marcos from Austin Community College (ACC). The second purpose is to explain the factors that predict a student's successful transfer and enrollment from ACC to Texas State. This study examines the effects of the total number of transferable credit hours earned by the student, student grade point average (GPA), student ethnicity and student's parent education level to determine which factors play the greatest role in the decision of an admitted student to enroll at Texas State. Descriptive statistics are used to identify important characteristics about the students included in the sample, and logistic regression is used to identify which variables play the greatest role in transfer student's decision to enroll. Logistic regression is preferred due to the dichotomous nature of the dependent variable. All of the data used for this study was obtained from the Texas State University Office of Institutional Research. The results of the logistic regression find no significant relationship between predisposition to transfer and number of transfer credit hours or parent level of education. A small significant relationship is found between ethnicity and predisposition to transfer, and a significant, negative relationship is found regarding student transfer GPA. Admitted students with a higher GPA are less likely to enroll at Texas State. Additionally, during the time period for which data was collected, 89% of ACC transfer students admitted to Texas State chose to enroll for coursework.