College of Agriculture Students’ Transfer Experiences Compared to the Experiences of Their University Peers


  • Jennifer M. Bundy Iowa State University
  • Michael S. Retallick Iowa State University
  • Elizabeth A. Foreman Iowa State University
  • Kelsey Powell Iowa State University



transfer students, transfer resources, transfer student capital, student success


Transfer students from the College of Agriculture (COA) at Iowa State University graduate at a higher rate than their university peers (non-COA). Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine if differences exist between COA and non-COA transfer students in their pre- and post- transfer experiences. A survey instrument was developed, and the fall 2019 transfer cohort was polled (n = 1048). A useable response rate of 45.9% (n = 481) was achieved which contained 104 COA participants. Responses from a random sample of 104 non-COA respondents served as the comparison group. Survey results found statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) between the groups in the manner in which transfer student capital was obtained. COA students tended to use advisors and admissions counselors prior to transfer more than their non-COA peers. However, pre- and post-transfer resources were under-used by both groups. On average, 66.0% of all respondents reported that they planned to transfer to a four-year institution prior to enrollment at their previous institution, but less than 50.0% of respondents used a transfer plan or course equivalency guide to aid in their course planning. Additionally, an average of 76.5% of transfers across both groups reported being aware of post-transfer tutoring services but did not utilize this resources in their first semester. Significant differences (p < 0.05) were observed in the perceived usefulness of post-transfer tutor resources between the two groups. Additional research is needed to determine if observed differences between COA and non-COA students explain variance associated with persistence and completion of a baccalaureate degree.


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Bundy, J. M., Retallick, M. S., Foreman, E. A., & Powell, K. (2022). College of Agriculture Students’ Transfer Experiences Compared to the Experiences of Their University Peers. Journal of Agricultural Education, 63(1), 149–164.




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