UNT to host the Texas Transfer Success Conference

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The first Texas statewide conference aimed at improving the success of college transfer students is expected to draw more than 1,000 college educators and administrators on May 22 (Friday). The event will be sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and hosted by the University of North Texas-based National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students and the UNT Center for Higher Education.

Eight locations across Texas have been selected as regional host sites. These simultaneous events will be held in Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Lubbock, Tyler, Houston, Austin, McAllen, and San Antonio. Participation in the Texas Transfer Success Conference is free, but registration via website is required at www.transferinstitute.unt.edu.

More than half of all students who earn bachelor degrees have credits from more than one institution. Helping to ensure that those students experience success in the transfer of credits and transition from one college to another is now a major effort in higher education.

"This conference is an opportunity to dramatically enhance the conversation about transfer students and their issues," said Dr. Bonita Jacobs, vice president for student development at the University of North Texas and executive director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.

Presentations by national student success experts John Gardner, Betsy Barefoot and Trudy Bers will be simulcast to the eight sites. Each location will have presentations customized to the region, and the conference will provide a chance for regional collaboration on the transfer agenda. 

Dr. Marc Cutright, associate professor of Higher Education and director of the UNT Center for Higher Education,  said that the Texas Transfer Success Conference "is a chance for transfer student advocates to come together, without high travel costs or time investment, to better serve the growing student transfer population."

Cutright noted that the event is informally referred to by planners as "Transferpalooza." He said that the nickname "captures the scale and ambition of an event like this and its potential to advance this agenda among educators."

Conference organizers are also sponsoring an awards program for exemplary transfer policies and practices at and between colleges and universities in Texas. Entry information for the STEP Awards (Successful Transfer Enhancement Programs) is available at the website.

The Texas Transfer Success Conference is a follow-up to the February 2008 Texas Presidents and Chancellors Transfer Summit, at which major issues in transfer success were identified and discussed. The Success Conference is intended to move those issues toward resolution and action.

The Transfer Success Conference is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  The conference is part of a strategy of aimed at accomplishing the goals of Closing the Gaps 2015, a state commitment to increase college attendance and completion in Texas.

For more information contact the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students at (940) 565-4909.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108