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Office of Academic Assessment and Institutional Research. Ball State University. AAIR No. MST-S1-2003, "2002 Making a Successful Transfer Survey; Summary Findings." March 2003. 60 pages. Appendix.
Author: Sherry A. Woosley. March 2003


Executive Summary



Readiness and Preparation

Plans for College Involvement

Personal Skills and Abilities

Academic Goals, Aspirations, and Expectations

Career and Academic Planning

Life Goals

Differences by Sex

Differences by Class Level

Table of Contents
 
                                                                      Page
 
INTRODUCTION.............................................................1
READINESS AND PREPARATION................................................3
PLANS FOR COLLEGE INVOLVEMENT............................................9
    Study and Employment.............................................9    
    Living Arrangements.............................................10    
    Campus Activities...............................................13    
PERSONAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES...........................................17
    Adjusting to Ball State.........................................17    
    Student Self-Ratings............................................19    
    Anticipating the Need for Help..................................22    
ACADEMIC GOALS, ASPIRATIONS, AND EXPECTATIONS...........................23
CAREER AND ACADEMIC PLANNING............................................31
LIFE GOALS..............................................................35
SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN RESPONSES BY SEX..............................37
SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN RESPONSES BY CLASS LEVEL......................55
Appendix A - Making a Successful Transfer Survey........................61


List of Figures
                                                                      Page
 
Figure 1 How many universities and colleges had you attended              
         prior to transferring to Ball State?............................3
Figure 2 How many semester credit hours had you completed                 
         at your previous institution(s)?................................3
Figure 3 How would you rate BSU compared to other                         
     universities in the country?....................................4    
Figure 4 Study Hours Per Week............................................9
Figure 5 Plans for Employment............................................9
Figure 6 Work Hours Per Week............................................10
Figure 7 Where are you currently living?................................10
Figure 8 Frequency of Leaving Campus for the Weekend....................11
Figure 9 Hours Per Week Off-Campus Respondents Spend Commuting..........13
Figure 10 Hours Per Week in Student Activities..........................14
Figure 11 Long Term Educational Goal....................................23
Figure 12 Current Educational Goal......................................23
Figure 13 Decision on Academic Major....................................31
Figure 14 Decision on Career Choice.....................................32
Figure 15 Employment Plans by Sex.......................................39
Figure 16 Where are you currently living? by Sex........................40
Figure 17 Decision on Academic Major by Sex.............................50
Figure 18 Decision on Career by Sex.....................................50
Figure 19 How many universities and colleges had you attended             
      prior to transferring to Ball State? by Class Level...........56    
Figure 20 Where are you currently living? by Class Level................56
Figure 21 Do you expect to graduate from Ball State University?           
      by Class Level................................................59    
Figure 22 Decision on Academic Major by Class Level.....................59


List of Tables
 
                                                                      Page
TABLE 1 Demographic Characteristics of Respondents and All                
    New Transfer Students............................................1    
TABLE 2 Transfer Hours...................................................4
TABLE 3 Reasons for Transferring to Ball State...........................6
TABLE 4 Most Important Reason for Transferring to Ball State.............7
TABLE 5 Family Support and Education.....................................8
TABLE 6 Primary Purpose for Employment..................................10
TABLE 7 Expectations about Life in Residence Halls......................12
TABLE 8 Residence Hall Attitudes and Experiences........................12
TABLE 9 Expected Attendance at Extra-Curricular Activities                
    During First Year...............................................15   
TABLE 10 Expected Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities During     
     First Year.....................................................16    
TABLE 11 Adjusting to Ball State........................................18
TABLE 12 Personal Characteristics.......................................21
TABLE 13 Areas Transfer Students Anticipate Needing Help................22
TABLE 14 Grades Expected During First Year..............................24
TABLE 15 Reasons for Not Completing Degree..............................25
TABLE 16 Plans for Continued Enrollment at Ball State...................26
TABLE 17 Educational Goals..............................................28
TABLE 18 Most Important Educational Goal................................29
TABLE 19 Reasons for Choosing Major.....................................33
TABLE 20 Life Goals.....................................................36
TABLE 21 SAT Scores by Sex..............................................38
TABLE 22 Significant Differences in Reasons for Transferring to           
     Ball State by Sex..............................................39    
TABLE 23 Primary Purpose for Employment by Sex..........................40
TABLE 24 Significant Differences in Residence Hall Expectations and       
     Attitudes by Sex...............................................41    
TABLE 25 Significant Differences in Attendance and Participation          
     in Extra-Curricular Activities by Sex..........................42    
TABLE 26 Significant Differences in Adjusting to Ball State by Sex .....43
TABLE 27 Significant Difference in Personal Characteristics by Sex......46
TABLE 28 Significant Differences in Educational Goals by Sex............51
TABLE 29 Significant Differences in Reasons for Choosing Major by Sex...52
TABLE 30 Significant Differences in Life Goals by Sex...................54
TABLE 31 SAT Scores by Class Level......................................56
TABLE 32 Significant Differences in Reasons to Transfer to Ball State     
     by Class Level.................................................57    
TABLE 33 Significant Differences in Expected Participation by             
     Class Level....................................................58    
TABLE 34 Significant Differences in Adjusting to Ball State by            
     Class Level....................................................60    
TABLE 35 Significant Differences in Educational and Life Goals            
     by Class Level.................................................60