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Abstract Title: Researching Experiences in a Cohort Program to Influence Self-Efficacy
Abstract: There remains a great deal of research to do on improving the transfer experience for students transitioning from two-year colleges to four-year colleges. In this paper we will describe data collected from interviewing current students at Michigan State University who are members of a cohort program which will be adapted for transfer students to join starting Fall 2018. This cohort program is designed to give first year students – intending to major in the natural sciences, and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds – support in academics, research experiences, and the social experience of integrating into the university. The interview protocol elicited discussion of these students' self-efficacy to complete their science degrees, navigate the academic requirements, and continue in their chosen life paths, specifically drawing out mastery, vicarious learning, and social persuasion experiences. We will discuss how key elements of student experiences in the cohort program may support developing self-efficacy in the transfer process.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C99
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Laura A. Wood
Michigan State University
220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
and Co-Presenter(s)
Angela J. Little, Michigan State University;
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University