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Transfer Initiative Highlights

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Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee wraps up Spring semester meeting and prepares for next year!

In an effort to increase our Transfer Culture, the Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee has 3 main priorities they identified:

  • Outreach and Promotion
  • Cross-Division Collaboration
  • Creating student-centered Transfer Pathways “Transfer Pods”

Here are some highlights of the implementation of these ideas:

  • The Transfer Center hosted 3 College tours – UC Davis, CSU East Bay and San Jose State reaching over 100 students!
  • The Transfer Hour was debuted – check it out in the Fireside Dining Hall!
  • The best yet Alma Mater Day – including the WHOLE counseling Division showing up in Alma Mater wear (YES, that’s a challenge to ALL divisions in the future!)
  • Faculty signed up for a regular “transfer slide” so that they can display/announce information on upcoming transfer related events and workshops at the beginning of class
  • Presentations on the work of the Advisory Committee were made to all Divisions, the Academic and Classified Senates, the BSI Committee, and the  Student Services and Instructional Leadership Teams creating opportunity for feedback and further cross-division collaboration
  • Skyline College has begun the process of collecting both qualitative and quantitative data from SFSU, UCD and CSUEB our major feeder campuses for a PRIE Data project for 2014-2015
  • The SMT Division Faculty and Transfer Center collaborated to submit a PIF to pilot a ‘Transfer Pod’ for STEM majors, where all students who are STEM majors would get all transfer support and services, including access to all STEM discipline faculty, tutoring, counseling and additional transfer specific workshops in a STEM Center. If granted, this would be pilot for future ‘Transfer Pods’.
  • Set the goal to transfer 337 students for the CSU, 88 students for the UC, 425 total as a benchmark.

Looking forward…

The Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee will continue to meet next year. The focus of the year will be to continue the efforts and priorities of this year, to continue to grow our campus-wide transfer culture and to engage students around how to best support them to transfer. Following the Completion by Design Model, the Transfer Center hopes to engage students at the different phases of a student’s education, in this case, Entry, Progress and Completion. The PRIE Office will begin its’ qualitative data project with our key university partners and the results will help inform our work for future years.  If you are interested in joining the Transfer Initiative Advisory Committee, please contact Suzanne Poma at pomas@smccd.edu.

Article by Suzanne Poma and Michele Haggar