The second annual National Transfer Student Week takes place this year starting on October 15, 2018. This awareness campaign aims to recognize the contributions transfers bring to schools across the nation, examine how higher education can better support them, and celebrate the educators who embody dedication to transfer student service.
National Transfer Student Week plays a critical role in today’s higher education landscape. With almost 37% of students transferring during their undergraduate education, the need to celebrate their accomplishments, and thereby create more transfer-friendly environments is vital. Please take a moment to recognize transfer students on earning their associate’s degree, balancing work and life commitments with their course work, and the many other challenges they overcome to complete their four-year degrees.
This week also provides a time for educators to reflect on how they can help improve transfer-related issues on their campuses. Monmouth University is dedicated to this purpose. For example, the Transfer Services Office has worked diligently to update all transfer orientation programs. These improvements resulted in the largest transfer orientation program in the University’s history this past July. We will continue to strive towards creating the finest possible experience for all of our transfer students.
National Transfer Student Week also provides a great opportunity to celebrate the faculty and administrators who go the extra mile for transfer students. People like Lorna Schmidt, Dr. Kathryn Lionetti, and Julie Schaaff, who will act as panelists during Ensuring the Success of Your Transfer Students, a discussion that will share best practices surrounding transfer advisement at Monmouth University.
So please join us in celebrating National Transfer Student Week. Follow The Office of Transfer and Undeclared Services on Twitter and Instagram to join the conversation. Students can also stop by the Transfer Nook anytime from October 17-19 for activities and prizes. Lastly, the Tau Sigma Honor Society will hold an interest table on October 18 in the Student Center.