NISTS 2021 Virtual Conference

Not-So-Secret Transfer Agents

February 23-25, 2021

The following presentations were given at the 19th annual conference for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. Please note that some photos have been removed from the original presentations in order to avoid possible copyright infringement.

Please cite responsibly and direct questions to the original presenter(s).

Featured Sessions
  • Opening Session & Keynote Video
    Fulfilling the Racial Equity Imperative in Transfer 

    • Estela M. Bensimon, University Professor Emerita and Founder, Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California 

  • Award Winner Spotlight Video
    A conversation with this year's Transfer Champion-Catalyst and -Rising Star award winners 


  • Ask the Experts-Hot Seat! Video 
    Three practitioners are coached in real-time by a panel of transfer experts. Topics include working with limited resources, managing unrealistic expectations, and gaining buy-in.

  • Plenary Panel Video 
    Creating Transfer-Inclusive Institutional Climates

    • Michael Baston, President, Rockland Community College 

    • Francesca I. Carpenter, Director of Equity Initiatives, Achieving the Dream

    • Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Director, Office of Community College Research and Leadership, University of Illinois  

  • Coffee & Current Research Panel Video 

    • Darla Cooper, Executive Director, The Research and Planning Group for the California Community Colleges

    • John Fink, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center

    • Doug Shapiro, Executive Director, Research Center, National Student Clearinghouse

    • Xueli Wang, Professor in Educational Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Plenary Lecture Video 
    The Transfer Experience: Creating A More Equitable and Successful Postsecondary System 

    • John N. Gardner, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Gardner Institute

    • Michael Rosenberg, Director of Planning, OPAIR, The Pennsylvania State University

    • Andrew Koch, President and Chief Operating Officer, Gardner Institute

  • Action-Focused Plenary Workshop Video 
    Transforming Culture and Empowering Change Agents Through Transfer Advocate Training

    • Heather Adams, Senior Program Manager, Transfer Initiatives, Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program

    • TaMisha Greathouse, Associate Director, Student Involvement, Washington State University 

Curricular Alignment or Degree Pathways


Diversity and Inclusion


Matriculation Trends and Issues


Partnerships and Collaboration


Transition Programs and Services