By Zenia Henderson, Director of Member & Partner Engagement
Did you know that the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) has a plethora of resources to help professionals who directly serve transfer students? In fact, they have an entire week dedicated to celebrating transfer students by challenging assumptions, building empathy, and instilling transfer pride among students and professionals. They also have an annual conference every February, with 2020’s taking place in Atlanta.
Anyone who works with college students knows that the very daunting process of transferring isn’t done, or even started, in just one week. But why not spend a week celebrating and elevating awareness about this process in your community?
The theme for this year’s National Transfer Student Week is “Celebrate Your Transfer Story,” and you can find a range of ideas on how you can celebrate and raise awareness here. Read on to learn more about how you can celebrate your transfer students and help others in your community, program, or institution understand the complexities of the transfer process.
Read about and share real transfer students’ stories HERE. Or, better yet, collect stories from your own students (and data!) to help raise awareness about their transfer student experience. A student’s voice is powerful way to dispel myths and advocate for change where it’s needed.
Explore how some institutions across the country are already celebrating National Transfer Student Week. If you are an institution, add your events to NISTS’s campus highlights page.
Download and print all kinds of marketing materials like pennants, stickers, and branded calendars to advertise your events. The New York State Transfer and Articulation Association has lots of other great ideas for both two-year and four-year campuses, many of which community-based organizations can borrow from as well.
Research from the Community College Research Center shows that 80% of students who begin community college intend to earn a bachelor’s degree, yet only 14% achieve that goal within six years. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Let’s raise the bar, celebrate our transfer students, elevate their voices, and create change.