The notion of student mobility--defined by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center as attending more than one postsecondary institution concurrently or consecutively--represents a growing trend in higher education. According to their data, approximately 33% of all students transfer at some point in their academic career (2012). In order to be successful, enrollment professionals must be informed consumers of transfer student research and be engaged in their institution’s data to identify student pathways. This knowledge allows an institution to develop and build strategic relationships with other institutions, to improve transparency, and to guide students through experiences that involve multiple institutions.
What is technology’s role?
In the world of postsecondary education, the importance of technology stretches beyond the institution. Technology, in its various forms, can be used to:
- Recruit students.
- Engage in social networking.
- Create an early alert system.
- Record and transmit student records.
- Support students with admission, transfer, course articulation, academic planning, and registration.
- Help students reach academic goals.
Technology helps us bring new ideas, processes, and practices to our institutions to help facilitate student success.
Share your ideas and learn more
If you are looking to improve your transfer practices, or if you apply technology to your work as a higher education professional, plan to attend AACRAO’s Technology and Transfer Conference (July 6-8 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL). This year’s program of thought-provoking plenary speakers, interactive sessions, and roundtable discussions will help practitioners follow best-practice guidelines and develop strategies for achieving mandated and desired outcomes. Registration for the meeting is open, and the Registration Brochure is available online.