Transfer Success - The University of Alabama

Shelton State Community College Students Transferring to
The University of Alabama
Summer 2004-Spring 2005
A Research Brief

Prepared by Michele G. Jarrell, Ph.D., Coordinator
The Office of Institutional Research

In Summer 2004, Fall 2004, and Spring 2005, 351 students transferred from Shelton State to The University of Alabama.  During their first semester, these students obtained a significantly lower GPA (2.45) than they had earned at Shelton State (2.92).  However, during the entire 2004-2005 academic year, the average academic performance in undergraduate courses at the 300 level and above was a 2.89 for all students at UA, and it was 2.7 for the 1,334 Shelton State transfers enrolled in undergraduate courses.  Although the Shelton State students appear to be experiencing s transfer shock@ during their first semester, they adjust quickly and perform at a level comparable to that of the native students and other transfer students.  The Shelton State students attempted and earned more credit hours at the university than any other Alabama 2-year transfer students or the native students.

Among Shelton State students, those who transferred 60 or more semester hours earned the highest GPA at UA (2.81).  Those transferring between 24 and 59 hours earned almost the same GPA (2.49) at UA as those transferring 15-24 hours (2.48).

Table 1 shows the degrees received by the 366 Shelton State transfers who graduated from The University of Alabama in the 2004-2005 academic year.  These students graduated with an average GPA of 2.95.  Our students received degrees in 59 majors.  The majors in which most of our students graduated, ranked from high to low, were: Management, Education, Marketing, Finance, Human Environmental Sciences, Nursing, and Accounting.  These seven areas included 171 of the 366 students (47%).  The colleges or schools in which most Shelton State transfers graduated were Commerce and Business Administration (30%), Human Environmental Sciences (19%), Arts & Sciences (16%), Education (11%), Communications (10%), and Nursing (5%).

In individual courses, transfers from Shelton State had the same or higher course grade average in 63.9% of their classes as compared to all UA students.  The Shelton State transfers had higher grade averages in 57.8% of their classes than the average of all UA students.
 

Table 1
Shelton State Transfers to The University of Alabama
Graduating in 2004-2005

 

 

Degree Earned at The University of Alabama

 

Number Graduating

 

UA GPA

 

Bachelor of Arts

50

2.83

 

Bachelor of Arts (New College)

4

2.75

 

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

35

2.71

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts

1

2.85

 

Bachelor of Science

13

2.92

 

Bachelor of Science (New College)

5

3.39

 

Bachelor of Science  Human Environmental Science

70

2.94

 

Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering

2

2.76

 

Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering

1

2.64

 

Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering

5

2.80

 

Bachelor of Science Computer Science

3

2.53

 

Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering

2

2.26

 

Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration

108

2.87

 

Bachelor of Science in Education

39

3.53

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

17

3.02

 

Bachelor of Social Work

11

3.33

 

Total

 

 366

 

2.95