Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The purpose of this study was to determine if the factors posited by previous researchers to affect predisposition to attend college in high school students also affect the predisposition to transfer in the two-year college student population, and to investigate whether or not an expansion of the Hossler and Gallagher (1987) three-phase model of college choice and the Hossler and Stage (1992) Model of High School Students' Predisposition to College would yield great benefits. This analogy uses variables that have been advanced as effectual in the predisposition stage of the college choice process on the selected student population. The problem is that previous research has not examined the college choice process that students in two-year colleges undertake. Moreover, it ignores the duplicative nature of the college choice process for community college students. Specifically, this study investigates the simple bivariate relationship between predictors reported in the predisposition literature for high school students (socioeconomic status, parents education, etc.) and measures 2-year college students' decisions to transfer or not transfer to a baccalaureate institution upon leaving the community college. For the nine included variables (SES, parents' education, GPA, parents' and significant others' expectation and encouragement, students' personal expectation, college involvement, gender, ethnicity and age), the simple bivariate relationship with a measure of community college student's decision to transfer or not transfer to a baccalaureate institution upon departing from community college is measured. To test the explanatory power of the expanded Hossler and Stage model, hierarchial logistic regression procedures are employed. Model 9, which included all variables, was significant at the $\propto$ =.05 level. Of all the variables introduced in the hierarchical logistic regression analysis, EXPECT 2 (the personal educational expectations and aspirations students have for themselves) produced the most statistically significant relationship to predisposition to transfer (r =.2921). The results of this study have implications for state and federal officials who are responsible for developing student financial aid policies, administrators at community colleges and baccalaureate institutions, and for those responsible for enrollment management and recruiting functions at both two- and four-year institutions.
Smith-vosper, Lisa M., "Educational Plans of Community College Students: An Expansion of Two College Choice Models." (1997). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6605.