Utah Valley Community College students transferring to Brigham Young University can expect their post-transfer academic performance to mirror their UVCC performance, the preliminary results of a study show.

The study, conducted by Veonne Howlett, UVCC general studies dean, examines the performance of 500 UVCC students who have transferred to BYU. Howlett said the study doesn't include those who drop out after transferring, and she emphasized that the final results may differ from preliminary findings."It's a little premature; the study isn't finished. When the final figures are tallied, it may not look that way," Howlett said of preliminary results, which show that transfer students generally can expect to maintain about the same grade-point average they had while at UVCC.

She said the same results show that UVCC students are not immune to the effects of transferring from one college to another. The change in campus facilities, faculty, culture and student body often contribute to a minor drop in grades, Howlett said.

"We are finding that UVCC students are not immune to transfer shock," she said. "But after the first semester, our students are normally back up again."

Howlett said the study shows that by the time UVCC students graduate from BYU, their GPA corresponds closely to their UVCC academic record.

"We work very closely with BYU on the quality of our program. UVCC general studies classes prove just as rigorous as those at BYU."

Howlett said grades earned at UVCC are representative of performance, not inflated. "It is very important for UVCC students to know that the grades they receive here will be a good indicator of how they will do when they transfer," she said.

About half of the 600 students who annually transfer from UVCC continue their studies at BYU. The others move on to the University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State College and Southern Utah State College.

To facilitate transferring, UVCC has transfer-credit agreements with BYU and with the state's four-year colleges and universities.

"We have been adding three or four classes per year to those articulation agreements, including the honors program," Howlett said. "Many students, perhaps as high as 10 percent of UVCC general studies, attend BYU and UVCC simultaneously, knowing that the programs are high quality."

In addition to transfer agreements for general education credit, UVCC also has agreements with other institutions to transfer credit in accounting, business, communications, computer information, drafting, early childhood development, electronics, engineering and human services.