Presentation on theme: "Brian Jicinsky and Kathy Jicinsky Miami University Maximizing the Use of Your Transfer Student Organization."— Presentation transcript:
Brian Jicinsky and Kathy Jicinsky Miami University Maximizing the Use of Your Transfer Student Organization
Overview Miami University specifics Formation and structure of Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO) MUSTO partnership with Office of Admission MUSTO partnership with Office of New Student Programs Q&A and discussion
Roles at Miami University Kathy Assistant Director of New Student Programs Advisor of Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO) Brian Interim Assistant Director of Admission Transfer Coordinator Advisor of Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO)
Miami University Specifics Located in Oxford, Ohio (resident population: 8,000) Public university 5 Campuses Residential university with focus on teaching undergraduates Student population is 16,884 Undergraduate students: 14,671 Graduate students: 2,213 Transfer student numbers for the 2009-2010 academic year: 400
Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO) Student initiated and created Goal: To help transfer students transition smoothly and find community at Miami University. Current structure 2 Co-Presidents Treasurer Secretary Committees 15-20 active members 3 Advisors
MUSTO Benefits the Campus Community Built in focus group to inform practice Programmatic changes implemented as a result of members’ feedback, suggestions, and ideas Cost effective resources Peer to peer mentoring Passionate about and dedicated to helping others Power of the “student voice”
MUSTO’s Partnership with Admission: Marketing Website Transfer student Facebook page Transfer student viewbook Transfer student online chats Transfer student acceptance packet Shift toward focusing on student stories and experiences rather than facts and statistics.
MUSTO’s Partnership with Admission: Transfer Visit Days MUSTO members serve as Student Ambassadors: Engage in conversation with students and families Answer questions of students and families Share information about experiences about life as a Miami student and the transition process Connect with incoming transfer students on a personal, peer- to-peer level
Partnership with New Student Programs: Orientation Orientation for transfer students Not required Day-and-a-half long program including information sharing, advising, and registration Occurs the week before classes begin Transfer Student Leaders throughout Orientation Facilitate conversations about transfer student transitions Answer questions about campus life, inside-the-classroom expectations and experiences, involvement, etc. Serve on a student panel Attend social events with transfer students Coordinate additional activities for transfer students after Orientation concludes
Partnership with New Student Programs: EDL 110: The University and the Student Optional, 1-credit, credit/no credit, discussion based course. Sections of the course specifically for transfer students. MUSTO Member as Peer Facilitator Share experiences Lead class discussions Attend outside-of-class events with students Facilitate in-class activities Serve as a resource
MUSTO Members’ Experiences Build community amongst members Jumping off point for student involvement Rewarding to work toward improving the transfer experience for future students Active role creating Living Learning Community for transfer students
MUSTO’s Future Initiatives Living Learning Community programming for transfer students Transfer Admission videos “Buddies program” with new transfer students Campus-wide programming Community service outreach Review of advising process for transfer students
Discussion Questions If your institution has a transfer student organization, how do you utilize this group? What works at your institution? If your institution does not have a transfer student organization, would a group like this be beneficial? In what ways? What ideas and/or suggestions do you have about additional ways to utilize a transfer student organization? What challenges exist when working with and utilizing a transfer student organization?