Hu, J., & Hagedorn, L. S. (2015). Jump start: International high school students from other countries earning early US college credits. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 17(2), 243-263.
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This study analyzes data from one of the larger credit-based college transition programs for international students, the U.S. Bound College Credit Program or USBC2 Program (a pseudonym), mainly offered to high school students around the globe who are planning on attending American colleges or universities. Upon successful program completion, these students can enroll in an American college with 31 college credits. Using quantitative data, this study discusses the efficacy of the program by comparing students who have successfully enrolled in a 4-year institution bringing in USBC2 credits with two other comparison groups, namely, international students without advanced credit and American students with a similar level of advanced credit. Results indicate the statistical differences in grades (grade point average), retention rates, and credit hours among three matched groups of students. Recommendations are made for those interested in the success of international college students.