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. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2022.01149


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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