Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Elizabeth Ankeny

Second Advisor

Vicki L Olson


Reverse transfer students begin at a four-year college then transfer to a two-year college. Two-year technical colleges provide career-based education to students for employment in specific trades, The perspectives of seven successful reverse transfer students attending a fwo-year technical college were obtained through in-depth interviews to understand the nature of reverse transferring to a technical college, the reasons for their success, and the lessons that can be learned for sfudents and colleges. From the data five themes emerged: the participants were all successful high school students; they did not adequately select their first college; they held common beliefs about the role of higher education; their ability to connect with other students, staff, and the school impacted their success. Furthermore, findings indicated that they benefitted from the transfer itself: maturing over time; reflecting on their own preferences; and gaining experience outside of the classroom.


SC 11.MAE.2012.Brower.RA