Amplifying the Transfer Student Voice
Learn how the University of Arizona’s Transfer Student Center (TSC) incorporates the transfer student voice in initiatives and programming to improve the transfer experience.
Attendees will explore how different aspects of the TSC (e.g. Transfer Student Assistants, Transfer Student Advisory Board, Tau Sigma, and more) work together to ensure transfer students have space and a voice on campus. They will also
learn from challenges met by the team in order to replicate success.
Daniel Viramontes (he, him, his)| University of Arizona | Student Support Coordinator
Mercedes Luna (she, her, hers) | University of Arizona | Student Support Coordinator
Creating a Strategic Plan for the Transfer Student Experience
Creating a Transfer Student Experience Strategic Plan can provide direction to your transfer professionals, advisory teams, and the University’s larger
Strategic Plan. That was the impetus behind Appalachian State University’s Transfer Services Team work over the past eighteen months. This team analyzed transfer student surveys, SWOT analysis, and direct experience with their transfer
population to create a strategic plan to identify gaps in services, initiatives to create a better transfer student experience, and areas the university should focus on to ensure transfer student’s persistence and success. During
this session you’ll learn how they did it (remotely during Covid, no less) and how you can replicate this process at your own institution.
Kim Morton | Appalachian State University | Director of Transfer Recruitment & Retention
Nikki Crees | Appalachian State University | Executive Director of Orientation
Kelly McCallister | Associate Dean of Libraries |Appalachian
Top Three Changes to Transform Your Transfer Website
To facilitate a smooth transfer—and ultimately maximize potential yield—institutions must design website communications and experiences specifically tailored
to meet their transfer students’ expectations. But what online resources and supports do transfer students need most? And how can we organize them so that the transfer process makes sense from the students’ perspective? Using
insights from our recently released transfer website strategy guide, this session will explore the top three changes that can make your website more transfer-friendly. Whether you ‘own’ or merely influence your institution’s
transfer-related webpages, you’ll learn about the key pieces of content transfer students need to see and leave with a personalized roadmap for launching your updates.
Emily Kittrell (she, her, hers) | National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) | Assistant Director
It's Complicated: Transfer Students and Financial Aid
Transfer students are vital to most college campuses, however, often when students arrive on campus (especially 4-year colleges) they have already used a significant
portion of their available financial aid. This session will discuss some of the common challenges, ways to discuss financial aid with transfer students, and the importance of early and often communication. Offering clear transfer pathways,
solid partnerships with community colleges and easy to use transfer credit assessment assists students in timely graduation which can greatly impact their need for and use of financial aid.
Tina Falkner (she, her, hers) | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities | Director, Office of Student Finance
Alyssa Fenton | University of Minnesota - Twin Cities | Director of Freshman and Transfer Recruitment
Sarah Ihrig | University
of Minnesota - Twin Cities | Transfer Student Experience Coordinator