Tier One schools receiving more transfer students

February 12, 2015


Associate Multimedia Editor


More than one-quarter of incoming freshmen at broad-access and minority-serving colleges and universities will eventually enroll at selective admissions universities such as Louisiana Tech, according to an annual survey of college freshmen.


This national survey is part of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program and is administered by the Higher Education Institude (HERI) at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.


Ryan Kavanaugh,  transfer admissions coordinator for Tech, said students transfer for a variety of reasons, but  most do for educational advancement.


“They find out they have more of a quality education here, as every year Tech’s awareness grows,” he said.


Tech has been ranked a Tier One school among “National Universities” for the fourth consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges list.


Students tend to pursue degrees at higher-ranked universities to get an education focused on providing them with a broader skillset, said James King, vice president of student affairs at Tech.


“In our region, it is about building relationships and helping students underand the opportunites they have,” he said.


King said selective admissions institutions, such as Tech, provide studets with academic opporunities outside of the classroom broad-access schools may lack.  He said the goal for Tech is to bridge the gap between these schools in order for students to have a fullfilling education.


“Education in and of itself proves the quality of life,” he said. “One should not compare against the other, because one is not better than the other.”


Alyssa Perry said she  transferred from Bossier Parish Community College to Tech because of a better opportunity for a major.


“The majors offered at BPCC were not well rounded,” said Perry, a senior photography major. “They were like instant crash courses instead of in depth classes.”


The UCLA survey also has observed how high school students are beginning to prepare for colleges sooner and strive to get into higher-level educational institutions.


Ryan German said he believes this happens because students are in a time of constant change and progress. “Whether it’s a technical skill or a professional skill, we’re learning more to know even more,” said German, a senior professional aviation major. “And hopefully, by the next generation, we’ll develop to where we know even more earlier so we keep advancing!”


 Tech Univeristy Communications and a recent UCLA press release contributed to this story.


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