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Brad Cox, Dorothy Fidler, Christine Kirk-Kuwaye, Michael Kirk-Kuwaye, & Stuart Hunter
From Left: Brad Cox, Dorothy Fidler, Christine Kirk-Kuwaye, Michael Kirk-Kuwaye, & Stuart Hunter


Center Announces Recipient of Inaugural Paul P. Fidler Research Grant

Oct. 5, 2005. Columbia, SC- Today the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition announced Dr. Christine Kirk-Kuwaye, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, as the recipient of its inaugural Paul P. Fidler Research Grant. The grant, designed to encourage and enable scholarly research on issues related to college student transitions, includes a financial stipend and travel to two national conferences. The abstract from Dr. Kirk-Kuwaye's winning proposal appear below.

First-Semester Patterns of Student Engagement:
Lateral and Community College Transfer Students at a Four-Year Institution

Transfer students are a growing population for 4-year institutions and are even the majority on many campuses. While much research and transition practices, such as transfer orientation, have been done at 4-year institutions, the focus has been on the 2- to 4-year institution or community college transfers, which account for less than half of the transfer students at 4-year institutions. This study, using a qualitative research design, will examine lateral transfer students, those students who transfer from one 4-year institution to another. Patterns of engagement in the campus community will be examined and compared to those of community college transfer students. The study results will inform current orientation practice and may test current student development theory.

The National Resource Center would like to thank each of the 60+ applicants who submitted proposals for the Fidler Grant, and would like to acknowledge four outstanding proposals that were selected as finalists:

  • Melissa Ousley of the University of Arizona, for her study entitled Millennials and Diversity: Unraveling the Tapestry

  • Jason Johnson & Jeffrey Grigg of the University of Wisconsin, Madison for their study entitled Student Self-Representation in Web-Based Social Networks: University Freshmen and thefacebook.com

  • Joel V. McGee of Texas A&M University, for his study entitled A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Factors which Influence Academic Help-Seeking Among Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • Patrick C. Burns of Valdosta State University, for his study entitled Closing the Gap: Expectations, Importance, and Satisfaction in Academic Advising

 

 
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