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FEBRUARY 21-23, 2024


If you are a higher education professional interested in improving transfer, join us for NISTS 2024, where every session will explore the unique complexities of the transfer journey. You’ll learn practical and research-based strategies, build connections with others in similar roles, and boost your enthusiasm for this essential work. Because transfer success relies on a collaborative and holistic approach, we encourage individuals working in all functional areas at community colleges, universities, and other organizations to attend.

This Year's Theme:
"Full Steam Ahead: Leveraging Our Wins to Fuel System Change"

Years of scholarship and research have given us a pretty clear idea of how to fix the transfer system. Yet, for most of us, pursuing major structural changes and policy shifts probably falls beyond our roles. Faced with a vision of what could be, it's easy to feel stuck and disheartened, particularly amid lingering pandemic fatigue.        

That's why we're making time to celebrate our wins, no matter how small, as building blocks for transformative change. Although our everyday work may seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, we firmly believe that every mindful interaction, simplified policy, and optimized program creates a ripple effect towards a more transfer-inclusive culture.

Join us in St. Louis to embrace the momentum of incremental change and harness the power of progress. Together, we'll find inspiration in what's working and chart a course through the challenges of today's evolving transfer landscape.

Much like the mighty steamboats of old, you are the driving force behind transfer success. 
We hope to see you there! #FullSteamAhead!


Imagine a vibrant gathering of transfer champions who share a common passion for improving the transfer experience. You step into a space that is buzzing with contagious energy and filled with folks who are eager to exchange ideas and gain fresh perspectives. That's exactly what you'll find at NISTS 2024. Our event brings professionals from all levels and sectors of higher education together to "talk transfer" and reflect on best practices, emerging trends, and forward-thinking solutions. 

A key highlight of your experience will be the chance to collaborate with others to draft a post-conference action plan to carry your conference experience forward. All registrants will also enjoy on-demand access to the full collection of presentation recordings and materials via our user-friendly conference app beginning in March. Access will remain open through May 31, 2024, giving you plenty of time to extend your learning. 

We know that many institutions are facing budget cuts and travel funds are limited. While we are not holding a virtual conference this year, we will be launching an online professional development community. Stay tuned for more information coming this fall.


  • Immersive Learning: Access a wide range of plenary, concurrent, and poster presentations designed to build practical knowledge and skills for supporting transfer success.

  • Community and Camaraderie: Share experiences, find support, and build lasting relationships with like-minded peers who are tackling the same transfer challenges you are. 

  • Motivating Speakers: Be inspired by transfer experts and thought leaders who have achieved significant success and led transformative changes at the institution and system level.

  • Cutting-Edge Tools and Technologies: Engage with exhibitors to discover new solutions and resources that can enhance your work and improve student outcomes. 

  • Unforgettable Moments: Join new friends to explore the heart of downtown St. Louis, a city known for its rich history, cultural highlights, and delicious cuisine.

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Hyatt Regency St. Louis
at the Arch

315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

All NISTS 2024 sessions will take place on the 4th floor of the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Our room block at the Hyatt is sold out, but there are still rooms available at the regular rate if you'd like to stay on-site. 


"I loved that the workshops focus on actionable takeaways. Those sessions are a great opportunity to connect with others and troubleshoot real world problems."

— 2023 Virtual Attendee



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