The Relevance of Career Aspirations for Transfer Students Persisting in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Disciplines
AuthorCoyote, Ruthann Theresa
Engineering and Math
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis qualitative study utilizes data acquired from interviews with 18 community college transfer students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors and 7 university staff people who work in direct student services with this student population. This study explores the experiences of transfer students in STEM majors regarding what influenced their college persistence, particularly the relevance of STEM career aspirations. Students report their experiences of social and academic integration after transfer; the phenomenon of transfer shock is also explored and incorporated. Institutional policies such as articulation agreements are considered. Implications for student services practice and future research are presented.
Degree ProgramGraduate College