A follow-up study of those students admitted to Ball State University from selected unaccredited post secondary institutions from September 1969 to June 1972
With increasing costs of "going away to college," continuing growth of the community college, and the larger proportion of high school graduates who aspire to college, more and more students in the next few years will have attended at least one college before enrolling in the school from which they intend to receive a bachelor's degree. More and more their first experience in higher education will be the junior, community, or two-year type college.This factor is all the more a reality with the current federal government recognition of certain proprietary schools as being eligible for financial aid under the federally insured student loan program. This represents the increased diversity of opportunity now open to students and the inclination toward attending more than one institution in a college experience. The problem of nonacceptable credit has been further complicated by this legislation with the same schools recognized by the federal government being unaccredited by the regional accrediting agencies. The need for such study as this research has become more vital since the flow of students from those institutions will likely increase in the future.Adjustments of the transfer student have been known to be numerous. Much literature has been written, and recently student personnel staffs have shown extra efforts and programs to meet the needs of transfers. However, unfortunately little study has been given to the students who have transferred from the unaccredited institutions. Although the number of transfers from those schools may, in comparison to regular transfers and total student enrollments, have appeared to be small, the problem has been a significant one for admission staffs and deans, as well as for high school guidance counselors.The problem of this research has been an examination of the unaccredited transfer's academic success at the four-year accredited institution. In relation to the students' performance, specific study was made of their high school records, the admission standards of Ball State University, and the attention given to financial and personal needs. It has been seen as an area much in need of investigation and understanding by some facets of student affairs for the most beneficial and successful experience of the student.