Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Policy Studies

First Advisor

Philo Hutcheson, Ph.D. - Chair

Second Advisor

Sheryl A. Gowen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Caroly Furlow, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Lucretia Payton-Stewart, Ph.D.


ABSTRACT THE EFFECT OF PRE-TRANSFER GRADE POINT AVERAGE ON POST-TRANSFER GRADE POINT AVERAGE AS AN INDICATOR OF PERSISTENCE FROM TWO-YEAR COLLEGES TO STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA by Marci M. Middleton Community colleges provide an important access point for students who want to continue their educational studies and obtain a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Students have the opportunity to complete core curricula or the general education component of their education at a two-year college and then transfer to a four-year college or university in many higher education systems around the country including the University System of Georgia. Using linear regression initially and later multiple regression, this quantitative research study tested grade point average to project student academic performance at a state or research university upon transfer to such institutions. Data obtained for state systems institutions from fall 2001 through fall 2005 was used for the administration of this study. Research questions concerning the relationship between grade point averages before and after transfer were examined at various matriculation points with specific attention paid to pre-transfer grade point average and post-transfer grade assessment at three points across a student’s academic career. In addition, the strength of the relationship was tested for the aggregate student cohort of matriculants from fall 2001 through fall 2005 as well as sub-groups within the cohort.