Though this report will deal mostly with the diffrences between transfers and native fresh¬ men, their most important similarity should be mentioned first: both cohorts were new to Western; both were expected to confront unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. This basic fact is, from an administrative point of view, also one of extreme importance. The primary reason for the develop¬ ment of the Transitions program and for the continuing use of summer and freshmen orientation programs was to improve the University's efficiency. Numerous assessment reports have indicated that there can never be too much advising. Findings support what common sense would intuit: the sooner students choose a major, the clearer administrative expectations are delineated, the better chance there is that they will graduate in an expeditions manner. Administratively, it is no longer a simple matter of providing students with an outstanding educational experience. State mandates now demand that that outstanding education be delivered as expediently as possible. More students are queued up at our doors and Western must find ways to accommodate them. To meet these expectations, efficiency becomes paramount. Yet in order to work efficiently, the subject matter must be understood. In the case of the University, the subject is students, and what administrators need to understand is what these students look like. Quantified information on native freshmen is abundant. Much less information exists for transfers. Hopefully, this report will begin to address that information gap.
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McKinney, Gary and Trimble, Joseph E., "An Analysis of Native and Transfer Characteristics as Expressed in 1995 CIRP Survey Findings" (1997). Office of Survey Research. 575.