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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).

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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 for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

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

    • Andrew Koch, President and Chief Operating Officer, Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

  • 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


  • Accelerating Progress for Equitable Transfer: Building Durable Cross-Institutional Will and Capacity for Effective Partnership Work  Slides 

  • ALAS En Tu Camino: Clearing the Transfer Pathway Video  Handout  Slides   Video                                             

  • Enhancing the Community College Transfer Pathway: Exploring Aspects of Transfer Receptivity at 4-Year Institutions in Engineering  Slides  Video

  • Excess at the End: Investigating Degree Audits of Bachelor’s-Earning Transfer Students  Slides

  • Forward March: How Ohio is Awarding More Academic Credit for Military Training, Experience, and Coursework  Handouts  Slides   

  • Affordability, Motivation, and Early Momentum: Micro-Scholarships as a Pathway to Transfer  Slides 

  • Keep it Watered and Watch it Grow: Managing Mature Partnerships between 2- and 4-year Institutions  Slides  Video  

  • Going Beyond the Basics: Building Student Resiliency and Success Through Strong Transfer Programs  Slides  Video

  • Interstate Passport®: A Learning Outcomes Solution to Transfer Credit Loss  Slides

  • First-Generation Students:  Factors Predicting Intent to Transfer  Slides 

  • Developing Systematic Independent College Transfer in New England: Early Lessons  Slides 

  • The Game Changer: Changing the Conversations with Community College Transfer Student from WHERE? to WHY?  Slides



Diversity and Inclusion


  • Transfer Stories and Strategies: How Five Student Groups Experience the Transfer Journey  Handouts

  • Using a Multidisciplinary Framework to Understand the Benefits of a Transfer Student Mentoring Program  Slides  Video

  • A Conversation with the 2021 National Transfer Student Ambassadors Video 

  • With Change Comes Opportunity: How Ohio’s Proposed GE Revisions Are Incorporating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion  Slides 

  • Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to College Completion: Perspectives from Inland Empire Transfer-Achieving Students  Slides

  • Texas A&M Engineering Academies: An Innovative Education Pathway to an Engineering Degree  Slides 

  • Coffee & Community for First-Generation Transfer Students: Culturally Responsive Space of Belonging 

  • Transfer Peer Mentors (TPMs): Not So Secret Transfer Agents  Handouts Transcript   Video

  • Building an Equitable, Transfer-Inclusive Educational Pathway for Latinx Students  Slides 

  • COVID-19 Impacts on Student Transfer and How the Clearinghouse Can Help with Data-driven Decision to Impact Those Students  Slides 

  • Best Practices for Serving Hispanic Transfer Students from a Community College to a Four-Year Institution  Slides  Video

  • Fostering Equity in STEM Career Attainment: The Community of Transfer Researchers Program  Slides 

  • Teaching for Inspiration: Approaches to Engaging Transfer Students in Gateway Courses  Handout  Slides

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy as a DEI Learning Journey  Slides

  • Evolving the Application to Expand Transfer Student Access and Equity  Slides 

Matriculation Trends and Issues


  • Noting Our Differences: Transfers Report Diverse Experiences in Six Undergraduate Colleges at a Large University  Slides

  • Investigating Transfer Shock: Concepts, Controversies, and Implications for Transfer Students  Slides  

  • Overcoming Divergent Institutional Logics to Streamline Transfer: Perspectives from a Grant Collaboration  Slides 

  • College Closure and the Impact of Forced Transfer  Slides

  • It Takes a Village: The Impacts of COVID-19 and Transfer in the State of Ohio  Slides 

  • Coping with COVID-19: Being Transfer Agents During a Pandemic  Slides  Video

  • Transfer Advisory Council: How to Amplify your Voice  Slides 

  • Engineering Community College Transfer: Examining the Influence of Pre-Transfer Programs on Transfer from Students’ Perspectives  Slides 

  • Student Transfer on the Rise  Slides



Partnerships and Collaboration


  • Bridging the Gap: Using Technology and Collaboration to Increase Course Articulation Rules  Slides 

  • Symbiotic Operations: Creating Relationships Between Community Colleges and Universities at a Departmental Level  Handout  Slides 

  • Power of Advisory Boards: Building Collaborative Guiding Coalitions with Multiple Entry Points into Post-secondary Education Programs  Slides 

  • Degree Pathway Partnership: Addressing Transfer Barriers Through Collaboration and Advising  Slides 

  • Transfer Student Outreach Alliance:  Building a Culture of  Transfer Student Engagement & Excellence  Slides 

  • Taking Advising Out of the Office: Mutually Beneficial Programming and Partnerships  Handout  Slides   

  • Always Better When We’re Together: Cultivating Partnerships Between 2- and 4-Year Institutions  Slides  Video

  • Faculty Supports for Transfer Students: Planting Seeds for Success  Slides 

  • Leveraging Multiple Products for Integrated and Comprehensive Transfer in a Multi-Campus System  Slides 

  • Transfer Culture, Pathways & Student Supports: Promising Practices from Oregon  Slides 

  • Started from the Bottom Now We’re Here: Building a Centralized Transfer Center on a Decentralized Campus  Slides  Video

  • Transfer Success: Utilizing Regional Advisors to Enhance Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation in a Remote and Online World  Slides 

  • Innovating with Design Thinking: How 7 Institutions Partnered to Reimagine Transfer Student Readiness and Success  Slides 

  • Charting the Course: Uncovering Transfer Treasures through Cross-Campus and College Collaborations  Handout 

  • Not-So-Secret Strategies for Serving Transfers: A University and Community College Pipeline for Student Success  Slides  Video

  • Agents, Advocates, and Anomalies: The Aftermath of COVID-19

  • New Trends and Issues in the Field of Student Transitions  Slides  

  • Leveraging Technology to Recruit Transfer Students  Slides  

  • Making It Work: Constructing Positive Partnerships  Slides



Transition Programs and Services

  • Agents of Change: How We Reached Transfer Students in the Midst of a Pandemic  Slides 

  • Becoming Transfer Friendly: Changing the Culture of a Four-Year Institution Handout  Slides   Video

  • (Dis)Connection and Stigma: Transfer Students’ Sense of Belonging  Slides 

  • Celebrating National Transfer Student Week: Lessons Learned for Transfer Student Engagement  Handouts  Slides                    

  • Transfer Student Success Model  Slides 

  • TEx: Transfer Experience Conference  Slides 

  • Mentoring Builds Sense of Belonging--Even When It's Remote  Slides 

  • Fall 2020 Transfer Students and Their Expected Academic Difficulties: Implications for Orientation, Advising, and Academic Success  Slides

  • Personal Librarians: The Not-So-Secret Agent of Transfer Student Success  Resources  Slides  

  • Busting and Bridging Barriers to Transfer Student Success  Slides 

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