Recruit, Transition, & Retain: How to develop a successful transfer plan MIDWest ACAC Conference May 20-22, 2012 – Dubuque, Iowa Megan L. Stull – Clarke University Jodi Kremer – Northeast Iowa Community College
The transfer students are coming! The transfer students are coming! • …..and they are coming in large numbers … • National shift • Who are your transfer students? How well do you know them? • Collect data on your transfer student population
Recruitment of Transfer Students • Take advantage of community colleges in your back yard. • Use Faculty to assist in your recruitment efforts. • Identify their preferred way to be recruited - specificity is key. • Scholarships & Financial Aid • Articulation Agreements BUILD RELATIONSHIPS!!!!
Transition of Transfer Students • Welcome! We’re so glad you are here! … at least we are acting like we are….now what…?? • Culture Change • Are inaccurate assumptions about transfer students influencing the culture of your campus?
Assumptions • 2-year transfers aren’t prepared for academic rigor of 4-year schools. • Transfer students don’t know what they want – can’t figure it out. • They’ve already been in college and don’t need help transitioning to their new environment. • Transfer students are not ‘our’ students. • Transfer students are more likely to leave – again.
Transition of Transfer Students • Student Life/Student Activities Office & their role in transition • Engaged & involved student = happy student • Orientation Programs specifically for transfer students • Words of wisdom?
Retain your transfer students • Assessment • Satisfaction guaranteed …? • Recruit and transition your students well - and retention should improve! • Questions? Comments?
Thank you!! • Please feel free to contact us – • firstname.lastname@example.org • email@example.com • Iowa ACAC website will have links to power point presentations from the conference: http://www.iowaacac.org/conferences