Presenter: Colby Heineman Coordinator for Transfer Student Initiatives University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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  • Presenter: Colby Heineman Coordinator for Transfer Student Initiatives University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
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  • Outline Why (Identifying needs) What (Goals of the initiative) How (Strategies to move forward) What-part 2(programmatic & other efforts) When/Who (connecting potential transfers)
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  • Why National Trends Transfer Shock Lack of connection and engagement on campus C-2-C-2-C Small school to large school adjustments Breaking in to established groups U of M is not immune
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  • Transfer Student Experience Initiative Goals Increase student success satisfaction, engagement, retention, & graduation Practice Meet students where they are at: Recognize the continuum of transition
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  • Guiding questions How do students experience: Transfer Process Admissions, Orientation, First Day & Beyond The campus community How can we impact this experience?
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  • Strategies Focus on direct student engagement Expand existing opportunities Create new opportunities Engage campus stakeholders Ongoing dialog to address barriers to student success
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  • Initiatives Expanded Welcome Events Housing Opportunities Created Peer Mentoring Program Student Board Honors Society Communications Strategy
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  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program (opt-in) Connect 1-1 with recent transfer, Peer Guide. Go-to person to help connect to campus resources and other students. Plan events to connect to wider group of transfers and explore campus community and resources.
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  • Student Leadership Opportunities Focus: Advocacy for Transfer Student Population Provide recommendations to enhance experience Develop programming and initiatives to support the transfer community.
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  • Tau Sigma National Honors Society University of Minnesota Chapter Acknowledge outstanding academic achievement Leadership roles on campus National scholarships available Est. Spring 2014 Current membership-146 Eligibility: GPA specific (3.5), after 1 st semester Enrolled full-time (12 credits) Transferred with, at least, 1yr of credits
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  • Communications Strategies TSE Monthly Transitional Messaging Intentional Redundancy Thermometer
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  • Potential Transfers? Website: transfer.umn.edu Admissions related questions WHATS NEXT????
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  • Students should know the AND Increasing student success = managing expectations Admission Letter Transition Over
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  • Colby Heineman Coordinator for Transfer Student Initiatives University of Minnesota-Twin Cities cheinema@umn.edu