Reconciling Intent with Action: Factors Associated with the Alignment between Transfer Intent and Coursework Completion Patterns among Two-Year College Students in STEM

Hsun Yu Chan*, Xueli Wang

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Abstract

In this study, we explored the alignment between initial transfer intent and subsequent course-completion patterns among 1,668 first-time STEM-aspiring students at two-year institutions. Using survey and transcript data, we conducted latent profile analysis and subsequent path analysis that revealed five distinct course-completion patterns: Trailing/Time-Out, Non-transfer-Focused, Transfer: STEM Concentrated, Transfer: Humanity/Social Science Con-centrated, and Transfer: Developmental Education Concentrated. Students’ math and science self-efficacy, academic engagement, and transfer-oriented interactions moderated the alignment between initial transfer intent and later course completion patterns. Based on the findings, we discuss the importance of cultivating strong academic self-efficacy and building effective advising practices to help students actualize their transfer intent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1087-1115
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Higher Education
Volume91
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 9
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • community college
  • course completion
  • self-efficacy
  • STEM
  • transfer intent
  • Two-year college

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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