Exploring coping strategies of transfer students joining universities from colleges

Foster, Monika, Mulroy, Tim and Carver, Mark (2020) Exploring coping strategies of transfer students joining universities from colleges. Student Success Journal, 11 (1). pp. 72-81. ISSN 2205-0795

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Students transitioning from colleges to universities in the United Kingdom (UK) into the second or third year of an undergraduate programme must quickly adapt to a new learning environment and new expectations. The process of transition includes intense demands on their time and, for many, a requirement to commute. The consequence can be a limited university experience compared to those who began their studies in the traditional first year. With the increase in the numbers of transfer students studying at universities in the UK, this study was set up to explore the challenges of transition at two universities using an online survey and focus groups. Results show that transfer students cope with their transition to university in multiple ways, categorised into the following themes: learning expectations, peer support, online engagement, cue-seeking and efficiency. By supporting the use of these coping strategies, universities can facilitate a better student experience and enhance student success.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Business and Management
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > School of Business
Depositing User: Monika Foster
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 08:44
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 15:30
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12376
ORCID for Monika Foster: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2224-1003
ORCID for Tim Mulroy: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1912-9034
ORCID for Mark Carver: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4393-8915

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