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1 Successful Transitions : A Seminar Course for New Transfer Students Virginia Donnell Middle Tennessee State University Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

2 MTSU Comprehensive university Largest undergraduate TN institution 23,000 students 46% of undergraduates are transfer students 1,790 fall 2006 new transfers Average 70% retention of new transfers Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

3 Need for Transfer Course THEC mandate Academically at-risk transfer students 1 st semester performance Transfer student orientation Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

4 Development of Course Collaboration between Academic Enrichment and Transfer Student Services Strategy for transfer student retention Patterned after Freshman Seminar Focus on career development Focus on civic and campus engagement Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

5 Course Description A seminar for transfer students designed to facilitate successful transition to the university through group interaction and collaboration, goal setting, self-management, and accessing campus resources. Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

6 Course Format Serve as a general elective. Course for all transfer students. One semester credit hour meeting once a week. Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

7 Source of Enrollment Initial source of enrollment for this course will originate from the advisement of new transfer students who are academically at-risk students (GPA 2.5 and below). Academically at-risk (2.5 GPA and below) transfer students have dropped out at a rate of over 30 percent after the first year of enrollment. Historical data ( ) indicated the need for additional adjustment assistance and orientation for transfer students to the university.

8 Course Objectives Improve Student Retention Facilitate a successful transition of students to Middle Tennessee State University. Develop student survival skills to overcome academic and adjustment difficulties. Enhance Academic Performance Provide students transition success strategies and tools to enhance their retention toward graduation. Improve Student Involvement Develop and establish interpersonal and campus community connections. Acquaint students with the academic and campus involvement expectations of Middle Tennessee State University. Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

9 Class Topics Being in transition Being a successful student at MTSU Being involved in the campus community Balancing college and life Developing a career path Career discovery and exploration Choosing an appropriate major for career Identifying and working with a mentor/advisor in the field Educational background and goals needed for career Career preparation: resume/portfolio, interview, networking Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

10 Student Academic Performance Students tend to have higher 1 st semester GPA’s if enrolled in University Probationary admitted transfer students who completed University 2020 have made the Dean’s List (3.5 and above) in the 1 st semester of enrollment. Transfer students improve their overall GPA’s when completing University Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

11 Spring 2006 Results Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

12 1 st Semester Academic Performance Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

13 Student Reactions “Every transfer student should take UNIV It is a great gateway to the University.” “I recommend taking the UNIV 2020 class because it makes your transition easy..” “I feel having UNIV 2020 show us around campus …..this really helps deal with the change we face.” “UNIV 2020 is a good course to take…..The class will give tools you need to succeed.” Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

14 Continuing and Future Strategies Discipline-specific sections Undeclared–specific sections Connected courses Hybrid delivery Offering to future transfers at local community colleges Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)

15 Successful Transitions : A Course for New Transfer Students Virginia Donnell Middle Tennessee State University Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2007)


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