Publication Date

Winter 1-3-2024

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of my action research project was to enhance the incoming transfer student-athlete experience from the community college system to the University of San Diego (USD). The study examined a subculture of student-athletes that met this transfer demographic on campus and explored the system that supported them. The discovery came from the powerful storytelling recorded by student-athletes as they discussed how they navigated their undergraduate dreams of pursuing their specific academic degrees at USD. The heart of the research came from the one-on-one interviews that explored their values and the support groups that helped them transition academically, socially, and athletically at USD. This activity allowed the participants to reflect upon and be self-aware about their transfer experience. Interviewing campus leaders, to include coaches and staff, gave me additional insights into connecting our campus community and adding tools to improve the community college transfer experience.