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To Depart or Not to Depart?

Title: To Depart or Not to Depart?: Lateral Transfer Students' Experiences That Lead to Retention.
Name(s): Marshman, Susannah S. (Susannah Shiner), author
Guthrie, Kathy L., professor directing dissertation
Rice, Diana Claries, 1949-, university representative
Cox, Bradley E., committee member
Schwartz, Robert A., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (153 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This phenomenological, qualitative research study examined the experiences that influence students’ decisions to laterally transfer from one four-year institution to a public, regional, liberal arts university in the southeastern United States of America. The lack of prior research on the study of lateral transfer students and my professional interest in the topic have prompted the study. Most research studies look at the academic achievement of vertical transfer students; few studies examine lateral transfer students as an independent subpopulation. Two 30- to 60-minute interviews with 18 lateral transfer students were conducted. Of the 18 lateral transfer students, nine were enrolled at the research site for at least one year and persisted to a second year, and nine were in enrolled in their first semester at the research site during their interview process. Horizonalization (Moustakas, 1994) and imaginative variation were used to determine the reasons for departure and persistence across four-year institutions, in addition to discovering how lateral transfer students transition academically and socially.
Identifier: FSU_FALL2017_Marshman_fsu_0071E_14175 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: August 14, 2017.
Keywords: departure, lateral, persistence, student, transfer
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Kathy L. Guthrie, Professor Directing Dissertation; Diana Rice, University Representative; Bradley Cox, Committee Member; Robert A. Schwartz, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education, Higher
Education, Higher -- Administration
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Owner Institution: FSU

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