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A Qualitative Study Of Rural Community College White Faculty (Mis)Understanding Of Diversity, Ladrina Nicole Wilson Jan 2018

A Qualitative Study Of Rural Community College White Faculty (Mis)Understanding Of Diversity, Ladrina Nicole Wilson

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This study examined the perceptions of white faculty teaching in rural community college in hopes of identifying how these faculty understand or appreciate the importance of diversity in their institution’s commitment and in their classroom. Case study methodology was used to examine the perceptions of six white faculty in one rural institution in the Midwest. Using White Racial Consciousness Model and Bronfenbrenner’s Ecology of Human Development Model as the theoretical underpinning, four themes emerging through the participants’ narratives gathered from the data collection and analysis: (1) Feeling Othered; (2) Operationalizing Diversity; (e) Historical and Hypothetical Privilege; and (4 ...


Community College Leadership In The Midwest: Pathways, Preparation, And Competencies, Robinette Kelley Jan 2017

Community College Leadership In The Midwest: Pathways, Preparation, And Competencies, Robinette Kelley

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The purpose of this research study is to examine current Midwestern community college leaders’ demographics, educational backgrounds, career pathways, career preparation, diversity and inclusion competencies, and competencies in accord with the 2013 American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC’s) Competencies for Community College Leaders as well as the leaders’ transformational skills embedded in those competencies. This research study expands upon the work of Duree (2007), which included research on community college presidents’ or chief executive officers’ (CEOs’) informal and formal leadership preparation, educational backgrounds, experiences, and self-ranking of the importance as well as their level of preparation in the AACC ...


First-Generation Community College Students And Their Sense Of Place: An Opportunity To Succeed; An Opportunity To Belong, Cheryl J. Williams Jan 2017

First-Generation Community College Students And Their Sense Of Place: An Opportunity To Succeed; An Opportunity To Belong, Cheryl J. Williams

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Over the past decades, community college attendance has continued to be the first stop and school of choice for over half of the college student population, particularly for first-generation students. However, despite their enrollment, degree attainment remains low for first-generation students. It is not enough to get them in the door—it is critical that they belong. A college experience that provides a sense of belonging and sense of place for first-generation students is crucial. Sense of belonging has been shown to contribute to a positive student identity and experience that leads to higher retention and graduation rates. Student belonging ...


The Effect Of Student Characteristics On The Frequency Of Faculty-Student Interaction In The Community College, Bryan Dale Renfro Jan 2017

The Effect Of Student Characteristics On The Frequency Of Faculty-Student Interaction In The Community College, Bryan Dale Renfro

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The open-door policy of community colleges has presented a unique challenge to increasing graduation rates. Student entry characteristics such as family background, academic ability, as well as external forces such as family, work, and community obligations, lack of finances, and campus environments with limited opportunities to interact with others all contribute to student departure (Braxton et al., 2004). There is a need to increase retention and completion using appropriate models to improve student engagement based on studies that clearly provide insight into the faculty and student relationship. The overall purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of the ...


Literacy Events And Practices That Position Hmong Women To Meet Academic Success In Community Colleges, Jody C. Koch Jan 2017

Literacy Events And Practices That Position Hmong Women To Meet Academic Success In Community Colleges, Jody C. Koch

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This study examined the literacy events and practices of Hmong women achieving academic success at a community college. Three women participants were interviewed regarding their past and present literacy events and practices. In addition, each participant took photographs of their own literacy events for five weeks. The photographs provided additional material for further discussion during the interviews. The study was designed as a collective case study in order to explore each participant's literacy practices and compare across cases. Coding was first conducted deductively, separating literacy events from literacy practices. Then each primary code was subjected to a second around ...


"A Passion To Mold Young People:" A Mixed-Methods Study Of Iowa Community College Athletics Coaches' Profile Characteristics, Korey Kollasch Jan 2017

"A Passion To Mold Young People:" A Mixed-Methods Study Of Iowa Community College Athletics Coaches' Profile Characteristics, Korey Kollasch

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This study focused on building a profile of characteristics of community college (CC) athletics coaches in Iowa and on exploring the possible relationships among these characteristics. Using a mixed-method research design that incorporates SPSS quantitative analysis of a survey and seven semi-structured interviews, the research data draws a clearer picture of what these CC intercollegiate athletics coaches look like, what they do and go through in order to coach, and why they coach.

The major profile characteristics and variables of interest examined include: self-identity as teachers, job satisfaction, motivations, challenges, and perceived impact on student-athletes’ education. This study’s CC ...


The Fine Arts In Midwestern Community Colleges: Six Case Studies Portraying A Cross-Case Analysis Of Sustainability, Meghan Ruth Schumacker Jan 2017

The Fine Arts In Midwestern Community Colleges: Six Case Studies Portraying A Cross-Case Analysis Of Sustainability, Meghan Ruth Schumacker

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The fine arts in Midwestern community colleges:

Six case studies portraying a cross-case analysis of sustainability

by

Meghan R. Schumacker

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The purpose of this study was to explore the sustainability of the fine arts programs in community colleges. This dissertation research focused on the concept of sustainability in community college fine arts programs to uncover features that aid in the support of these programs. As posited by Hibnere (1998, as cited by Slahova et al., 2007), sustainable fine arts programs “promote the development of a creative, emotionally and intellectually educated personality and also give a personality the strength of ...


International Student-Athlete Adjustment Experience At Community Colleges In The Midwest, Jennifer Sabourin Jan 2017

International Student-Athlete Adjustment Experience At Community Colleges In The Midwest, Jennifer Sabourin

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Each academic year, the number of international students attending colleges and universities in the United States increases. Of the nearly 1 million international students coming to the United States for education, just under 10% enroll at community colleges; international student-athletes are among that total. In addition to the cultural and academic adjustments that all international students face, international student-athletes have the added pressures of athletics to adjust to when attending their community college. In the past, limited research focusing on the international student-athlete adjustment experience at 4-year universities has been conducted.

In this study, I emulated previous research, focusing more ...


Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens Jan 2016

Retention And Persistence Through The Lens Of Four Black Women Community College Students, Glennda M. Bivens

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This study focused on how four Black women described their retention and persistence; how institutional retention efforts support or hinder Black women’s perceptions of their ability to persist; and how institutional programs, processes, and policies can be transformed to support the retention and persistence of Black women attending community college. In 2012, 38 percent of Black women in college were enrolled in community colleges, 60 percent were over the age of 25, and 65.3 percent were considered low income.

Although there has been extensive research conducted on retention and persistence broadly, only two studies were identified that focused ...


A Study On The Impact Of Funding On State-Level Community College Governance Systems, Jeffrey Alan Fletcher Jan 2016

A Study On The Impact Of Funding On State-Level Community College Governance Systems, Jeffrey Alan Fletcher

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Building on a 2015 national landscape research study of state-level community college governance systems, the purpose of this study was to determine if there were correlational relationships between revenue resource funds, state-level community college governance systems, and state funding distribution formulae. Many states had experienced change since 2000, and therefore, it was important to research the impact of funding. Although state funding distribution formulae emerged organically, they remain exposed to ever-changing technological, economic, and political developments. Similarly, state-level community college governance systems also remain susceptible to these technological, economic, and political dynamics. It has been noted that these two subjects ...


Influencing Institutional Change Through State Policy: Rural Community College Responses To Performance-Based Funding Models, Zoë Mercedes Thornton Jan 2015

Influencing Institutional Change Through State Policy: Rural Community College Responses To Performance-Based Funding Models, Zoë Mercedes Thornton

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The accountability theme within higher education resonates throughout campus programming, state budgeting, and federal legislative review sessions. Most notably, the design and implementation of state-level performance-based funding (PBF) models can be found in more states than not; indeed, twenty-five states had PBF models in place as of December, 2013, with another fifteen states transitioning to or in formal discussions of this funding phenomenon (Friedel, Thornton & Katsinas, 2014). This research study has identified a gap in the current literature regarding the actual organizational impacts of PBF models on rural community colleges. In an attempt to fill the void in the available ...


Stem Aspiration: The Influence Of Social Capital And Chilly Climate On Female Community College Students, John Richard Jorstad Jan 2015

Stem Aspiration: The Influence Of Social Capital And Chilly Climate On Female Community College Students, John Richard Jorstad

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The focus of this investigation is to generate a better understanding of the demographic, social, and cultural characteristics that affect the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) aspirations and transfer intentions of female students who are enrolled in a community college. Specifically, the purpose of this research study was to: 1) study how social capital, students' engagement with institutional agents (for the current study, the researcher conceives an institutional agent as an academic advisor/counselor), and chilly climate at a community college can be measured, 2) investigate whether these factors contributed to the STEM aspirations and transfer intentions of these ...


From International Deployments To An Iowa Community College: Experiences Of Veterans Who Have Made The Transition, Seth David Gilbert Jan 2015

From International Deployments To An Iowa Community College: Experiences Of Veterans Who Have Made The Transition, Seth David Gilbert

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The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the experiences of veterans who have made the transition from international deployments to an Iowa community college. The essence of these experiences was solicited by asking the question: How do veterans who have made the transition from international deployments to an Iowa community college describe their experiences? Constructionism provided the epistemological foundation for this study. An interpretivist perspective was used to analyze data collected via face-to-face interviews, participant observation, and document evaluation. Van Gennep’s liminality theory provided a theoretical lens through which to interpret that analysis. This interpretation revealed six ...


Comparative State Community College Return On Investment: State Funding, Local Funding, Tuition And Graduation Rates For Community Colleges, Christopher Neary Jan 2015

Comparative State Community College Return On Investment: State Funding, Local Funding, Tuition And Graduation Rates For Community Colleges, Christopher Neary

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America’s community colleges have recently been thrust into the national spotlight as people look to retrain or find economic alternatives to higher education. This substantial increase in accountability is met with the constraints of financial resources and other limiting factors structured into community college systems. In this paper I examine community college return on investment by states, which govern the responsibility of educating America’s workforce through their diverse community college systems. To improve America’s postsecondary education competency is to optimize collective action of U.S. state community college systems. While colleges and universities contribute to national education ...


Predicting Transfer Students' Selection Of A Stem Major And Academic Adjustment: A Study Of Community College Students At A Midwestern University, Terry Burdell Gaalswyk Jan 2014

Predicting Transfer Students' Selection Of A Stem Major And Academic Adjustment: A Study Of Community College Students At A Midwestern University, Terry Burdell Gaalswyk

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This research project investigated differences between transfer students choosing STEM- and non-STEM-related majors, determined the factors affecting a transfer student's choice of a STEM- or non-STEM-related major, and examined differences in academic adjustment between STEM and non-STEM students.

The results suggest differences in the background characteristics of students with non-STEM and those with STEM majors. Parental income of students with STEM majors was lower and students with STEM majors were primarily male. Students in STEM-related majors at Iowa State University (ISU) had more credits in calculus, chemistry, and environmental science. Furthermore, this academic preparation was a significant predictor of ...


The Influence Of Self-Efficacy On Degree Aspiration Among Domestic And International Community College Students, Yu Chen Jan 2014

The Influence Of Self-Efficacy On Degree Aspiration Among Domestic And International Community College Students, Yu Chen

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The global economy requires the U.S. higher education develop a well-educated workforce with international perspective. One way to accomplish this goal is to focus on community colleges' role in expanding the pool of domestic and international graduates with college degrees. This study aimed at investigating how self-efficacy interacts with other key factors to function as a psychosocial mechanism that affects community college students' degree aspiration and how such a mechanism functions differently for international and domestic students. The purpose of this study can be specified in two aspects: a) to examine how self-efficacy influences community college students' degree aspiration ...


Stopping Out: Experiences Of African American Females At A Midwestern Community College, Shanna Latisha Fountain Jan 2014

Stopping Out: Experiences Of African American Females At A Midwestern Community College, Shanna Latisha Fountain

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the experiences of African American female community college students who stop out, and interpret how their gender and race have influenced these lived experiences. Based on the research questions, a constructivist, narrative analysis was used to capture the experiences of the participants of this study as well as analyze the environment of their personal lives as the institution in which they have all attended.

A total of six participants were interviewed. Three semi-structured interviews were held to provide a clear understanding of each participant's experiences. When combined and analyzed, the narratives ...


Get Engaged: An Investigation Of Rural Community College Faculty's Experiences With Work Engagement, Jennifer Kate Burrell Jan 2014

Get Engaged: An Investigation Of Rural Community College Faculty's Experiences With Work Engagement, Jennifer Kate Burrell

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The purpose of this qualitative case study was to understand rural community college faculty members' experiences with work engagement. As community college enrollments grow, it becomes increasingly important to have faculty who are engaged in their work. Recent research suggests engaged students require engaged faculty (Kezar, 2011). One of the most significant factors in student learning and graduation are the interactions and relationships students develop with faculty members (Kuh, Kinzie, Schuh, & Whitt, 2010). This study addressed how rural community college faculty members perceive, experience, and sustain work engagement, as well as why work engagement is important in rural community college faculty.

Two rural community colleges, one small and one mid-sized, were investigated. While these colleges differed in size, they shared similar characteristics in course offerings, programs, and extracurricular activities. Data collection consisted of one-on-one interviews of both full-time faculty members and faculty administrators; in addition, documents and websites were reviewed. There were a total of eight participants between the two colleges, six of which were faculty members. The faculty members were ...


A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students' Intentions To Transfer And Stem Aspirations, Bianca Marie Myers Jan 2013

A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students' Intentions To Transfer And Stem Aspirations, Bianca Marie Myers

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Community colleges serve as the college of choice for nearly half of all postsecondary students. The role of the community college continues to adapt and change, and the colleges that were once seen as vocational and technical schools now serve as a jumping off point to future educational endeavors and a variety of careers and occupations. Community colleges are aware of their increased role in postsecondary education and understand that they must continue to study their students and adapt to their needs to stay at the educational forefront.

This study was conducted at the 15 community college districts in ...


Student Engagement And Student Characteristics As Predictors Of Student Academic Achievement At Illinois Community Colleges, Randall Louis Egdorf Jan 2013

Student Engagement And Student Characteristics As Predictors Of Student Academic Achievement At Illinois Community Colleges, Randall Louis Egdorf

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The purpose of this study was to discover which student engagement variables and student characteristics predict student academic achievement. The research utilized the standardized national Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) to examine data from 19,516 students from 13 Illinois community colleges.

The outcome of student academic achievement was measured by grade point average and total credit hours. The predictive independent variables in this study were student engagement variables from the five standardized composite CCSSE benchmarks and the 38 individual variables from those benchmarks, and student characteristics. Descriptive statistics and ordinal logistic regression were used to analyze ...


Adult Learners And Student Engagement: A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students And Their Intention To Transfer, Ryan Anderson Jan 2013

Adult Learners And Student Engagement: A Study Of The Influence Of Student Engagement On Community College Students And Their Intention To Transfer, Ryan Anderson

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Community colleges serve as the postsecondary college of choice for many adult students. Community colleges are aware of their increased role in postsecondary education and understand that they must continue to analyze student populations and adapt to their needs as well as maintain their open access philosophy.

This study was conducted at the 15 community college districts in the state with the intention to develop a deeper understanding of the influence of student engagement on adult community college students' transfer intentions and STEM aspirations. The study utilized the new STEM Student Success Literacy survey instrument. The purpose of this study ...


The Intersection Of Social Capital And Finances On Intentions To Transfer In Stem Fields: A Study Of Community College Students In A Rural Midwestern State, Tracy L. Kruse Jan 2013

The Intersection Of Social Capital And Finances On Intentions To Transfer In Stem Fields: A Study Of Community College Students In A Rural Midwestern State, Tracy L. Kruse

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The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine Iowa community college students' intent to transfer to a 4-year institution in a STEM field. Specifically, it examined the demographics of the study participants as well as financial variables, including number of hours worked, number of dependents supported, and amount of financial aid received, to determine if there was any statistical significant differences between the students who did not intend to transfer, those students who did intend to transfer into a non-STEM field and those students who did intend to transfer into a STEM field.

Secondly, this study used exploratory and ...


Faculty Views Of Developmental Math Instruction At An Urban Community College: A Critical Pedagogy Analysis, Chad Everett Kee Jan 2013

Faculty Views Of Developmental Math Instruction At An Urban Community College: A Critical Pedagogy Analysis, Chad Everett Kee

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A disproportionate number of students entering postsecondary education are considered academically unprepared and not ready for college-level work (ACT, 2011). A majority of those students are students of color, particularly those who identify as African-American or Latino and come from low-income families (Bragg, Eunyoung, & Barnett, 2006; Green, 2006; Ogbu, 1990). Due to the lack of readiness, colleges and universities, specifically community colleges, are challenged to meet the academic needs of students by offering developmental education courses such as Developmental English and/or Developmental Math. Mathematics in postsecondary education has been proven to be a gatekeeper regarding college completion due to math ...


The Community College President And The New Norm: Perceptions Of Preparedness To Take An Entrepreneurial Stance In Seeking Ethical Alternative Funding, Gregory Thomas Jan 2013

The Community College President And The New Norm: Perceptions Of Preparedness To Take An Entrepreneurial Stance In Seeking Ethical Alternative Funding, Gregory Thomas

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The United States is currently enduring an economic downturn that has not been experienced since the great depression of the 1930s. The overall collapse of the economy has had an adverse impact on higher education. Arguably the public community college has faced greater fiscal hardship than any other branch of American higher education. The community college has encountered a complex assortment of challenges. In recent years the community college has experienced historical reductions in state appropriations, while at the same time experiencing record-breaking enrollment growth and increased performance expectations. Although enrollment numbers are beginning to level off, they still ...


Tools For Success: Understanding The Efficacy Of Technology In Iowa Community College English Composition Instruction, Rebecca Lee Peterson Jan 2013

Tools For Success: Understanding The Efficacy Of Technology In Iowa Community College English Composition Instruction, Rebecca Lee Peterson

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This study examines the uses and perceived effectiveness of technology in Iowa community college English composition instruction. A survey of those who teach English composition in Iowa community colleges and in-depth interviews with four instructors were conducted. The results show that community college English instructors use a wide variety of technologies in instruction and agree that technology use assists students during the various steps of the composing process. Instructors also said that technology can have a positive effect on some elements of the finished product, but that higher order concepts, including thesis development and creativity, are not enhanced by technology ...


A Quantitative Analysis Of A Mandatory Student Success Course On First-Time Full-Time Student College Academic Progress And Persistence, Laurel Beth Klinkenberg Jan 2013

A Quantitative Analysis Of A Mandatory Student Success Course On First-Time Full-Time Student College Academic Progress And Persistence, Laurel Beth Klinkenberg

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Examining Student Achievement And Curriculum In A Nursing Program At A Midwestern Community College, Sandra Elaine Cooper Jan 2012

Examining Student Achievement And Curriculum In A Nursing Program At A Midwestern Community College, Sandra Elaine Cooper

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The purpose of this study was to examine the pathway model of a nursing curriculum and evaluate the relationship and predictive ability of demographic and academic variables on the success or failure of those taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) and to determine the impact of noncognitive role variables to student outcomes. A retrospective exploratory study was conducted using a purposive sample of 225 students admitted between 2007 and 2009 to an associate degree nursing program at a large Midwestern community college. Demographic and academic variables of age, prior degrees, Test of Essential Academic Skills ...


Utilizing The Composite Financial Index As Strategic Financial Analysis For Measuring Financial Health And Student Success Rates Among Iowa Community Colleges, Dawn Ann Humburg Jan 2012

Utilizing The Composite Financial Index As Strategic Financial Analysis For Measuring Financial Health And Student Success Rates Among Iowa Community Colleges, Dawn Ann Humburg

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The phrase "survival of the fittest" is coming to fruition in higher education today. Less than strategic financial moves have no place in post-secondary education. Facing the realities of our current economy is dictating major changes in how colleges are "doing business."

These changes present enormous challenges to community college administrators. Two of these challenges are meeting the demands of faculty associations and ever-increasing budgets for remedial education. A trend of waning state support is also exacerbating these challenges while major changes occurring at the legislative level have also intensified the need for extremely competent leaders--leaders with a much ...


How Multiple Roles Influence Adult College Women's Online Student Experiences In A Rural Community College Context, Lisa Carol Hetzel Jan 2012

How Multiple Roles Influence Adult College Women's Online Student Experiences In A Rural Community College Context, Lisa Carol Hetzel

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how adult college women attending rural community colleges experience being an online student. A study of this nature was warranted as enrollment in online courses continues to increase (Allen & Seaman, 2010) and as women are more likely to enroll in online courses (Kramarae, 2001; van Prummer, 2011). Femininst standpoint theory guided the study while identity theory (Stryker, 1968) was applied to findings. Online research methods were used to collect data. Four themes characterized participants online student experience: 1) motivation to enroll in online courses, 2) expectations and realities about online experience, 3) impact of identity (ies) on experience, and 4) meaning of being an online student ...


Hitting The Ground Running: The Social Transition Of Community College Transfer Students In An Admissions Partnership Program, Kevin J. White Jan 2012

Hitting The Ground Running: The Social Transition Of Community College Transfer Students In An Admissions Partnership Program, Kevin J. White

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The purpose of this study was to examine the background characteristics and experiences of participants and non-participants of Iowa State University's Admissions Partnership Program. The Laanan Transfer Student Questionnaire was used to collect data concerning the background characteristics as well as the community college and university experiences of the community college transfer students. A hypothetical conceptual framework based on Laanan, Egggleston, and Starobin's (2010) concept of transfer capital was utilized to examine community college transfer students. Selected variables of background characteristics, community college experiences, and university experiences were utilized for the hypothesized conceptual framework. An examination of the ...