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The WELS Baseline Survey of Transfers Entering Western in the Fall, 2010 (Transfer Survey) is the companion survey to the Office of Survey Research’s (OSR) survey of incoming freshmen. Together, these surveys elicit information from students prior to the start of their Western academic careers and provide an initial contact in a longitudinal survey design that follows students through graduation and into their initial years as alumni. The Transfer Survey is designed with three purposes in mind: (1) to provide baseline observations of students prior to their Western experience which can be used to forecast and enhance student success; (2) to provide data that can assist university assessment and accreditation endeavors; and (3) to assess student needs based upon their self-reported characteristics, perceptions and concerns. To accomplish these purposes, the Transfer Survey integrates questions into seven major sections: previous collegiate experiences, the college application process, familiarity and comfort with Western, academic skills and expectations, major choice and declaration, expenses and employment, and demographics. The questions on the transfer survey are a mixture of openended, numerical, and multiple choice types. This report lists all questions and reports basic descriptive statistics from questions which lend themselves to numerical analysis. Responses to open ended questions are available upon request. OSR initially conducted the Transfer Survey using e-mail invitations sent during July. Reminder e-mail invitations were sent to non-respondents at both their internal e-mail address and any external e-mail address Western obtained. Non-respondents to these e-mails were then called by OSR and asked to complete the survey. This process continued through August and the survey was finally closed the weekend prior to the beginning of fall quarter. Of the 1,047 transfer students entering in the fall of 2010, OSR received responses from 614,








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