UW-Madison's Xueli Wang, Seo Young Lee and Amy Prevost recently published a report included in the Community College Review's special issue titled "Transfer Matters."
Lead author Wang is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
, and a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
. Co-author Lee is a doctoral student with the Department of Educational Psychology
and co-author Prevost is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research
The special issue focuses on highlighting new research about transfer students and the community college sector.
Wang, Lee and Prevost's study is titled, "The Role of Aspirational Experiences and Behaviors in Cultivating Momentum for Transfer Access in STEM: Variations Across Gender and Race."
The study explored four different aspects of community college STEM students' aspirations, experiences and behaviors in regards to transfer, such as support for transfer, transfer service usage, transfer-oriented interactions and transfer information acquisition, with attention placed on gender, race and ethnicity.
“Community colleges are an important piece of the STEM workforce puzzle, but institutions must have a nuanced understanding of what motivates students to transfer,” said Wang about the report. “Transfer systems must take into consideration gender and racial differences to successfully support all students.”
The full article can be found online here, and the special issue is available here without a subscription through Oct. 31.