New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Two Year College Division
The School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has well established criteria for admission of freshmen to its programs. These criteria were developed based on historical retention data collected in mathematics and science courses. In contrast to freshman admission criteria, transfer student admission criteria lack a sound basis. Currently, a transfer GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) entitles a student to enroll in programs within the School. This rather low GPA has been a source of concern to faculty and administrators as the programs do not want to give false hope to students who may not be ready for rigorous engineering curricula. Therefore, the authors decided to conduct a retention and graduation analysis to determine whether there is in fact a critical transfer GPA that would indicate that a student is likely to succeed in programs within the School. This paper reports results from an investigation of the most effective use of transfer GPA for to make admission and retention decisions regarding incoming transfer students. Prior to this investigation, there has been limited information about the retention and graduation of students who enter the School with a low transfer GPA. For the purpose of this study, the authors developed and analyzed a database encompassing seven year of enrollment beginning with the 2007-2008 academic year. In this analysis, transfer students are categorized in five different transfer credit hour categories: 1) under 30; 2) 30 to 60; 3) over 60 without degree; 4) over 60 with a prior associate degree; and 5) over 60 with a prior baccalaureate degree. This paper describes data-driven evaluation of implications of transfer GPA as an admission standard using retention and graduation performance. This paper reports the critical GPA along with 1) transfer shock analysis; 2) expected institutional GPA in the first two terms for a given transfer GPA; 3) graduation rates of students in each of the five categories; 4) performance of female and under-represented minority students as compared to the rest of the transfer student population; and 5) recommended future studies.
Gordon, C., & Sevim, H., & Brown, P. M. (2016, June), A Systematic Evaluation of Implications of Admission GPA for Transfer Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26458
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