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Higher education leaders attend 2017 Tennessee Transfer Summit

02-22-2017


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Public and private university officials, whose work contributes to the success of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, gather this week to collect more tools to increase the number of college-educated Tennesseans.

More than 130 transfer counselors, registrars and advising directors from Tennessee’s public and private colleges and universities will meet in Murfreesboro on Feb. 22-23 for the 2017 Tennessee Transfer Summit. Attendees will hear from transfer expert, Janet Marling.

Marling, vice president for student affairs at the University of North Georgia and executive director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, gives the keynote address today on resolving obstacles to transfer student success.

India Lane, UT associate vice president for academic affairs and student success, says collaboration is key for successful college transfers.

“Bringing this passionate group together will enhance intercampus interactions and add to the momentum of current statewide initiatives,” said Lane “We also hope to learn what we need to do next to optimize policy and practice for transfer and other student populations across Tennessee.”

Janet Wilbert, interim director of the University of Tennessee at Martin Student Success Center, says she is looking forward to seeing how programs such as Tennessee Reconnect are being expanded to help students make seamless transfers.

“I hope to learn about what is up-and-coming across the state of Tennessee, especially in the way of electronic transcripts, expanding the Reconnect program, TCAT articulations, and how to streamline or eliminate the obstacles that students encounter when transferring,” she said.

Along with a detailed overview of multiple initiatives such as reverse transfer, Tennessee Transfer Pathways and Tennessee Reconnect, which ease and promote transitions from community colleges to four-year universities, attendees will be updated on:
• State and national trends and issues for transfer students
• Innovations in campus-based transfer programs and services
• Intra-campus collaboration for greater student transfer success

The 2017 Tennessee Transfer Summit is hosted by the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

“Creating clear and straightforward transfer options benefits all students in Tennessee, whether they are first-time students or adults coming back to get a degree,” said Jessica Gibson, THEC’s assistant executive director of adult learner initiatives. “When students understand their path forward in higher education, they have the tools they need to persist, graduate, and reach their education and career goals”

The agenda and speaker biography are available at transfersummit.tennessee.edu.

For more information, contact Alyssa Janssen, UT System Office of Communications and Marketing at 865-974-4211 or email ajansse1@tennessee.edu.

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