Transfer Work Underway across UT InstitutionsFollowing are high-level overviews from UT System Transfer Advisory Group members of the ways in which theiruniversities are focused on transfer and transfer student success, including examples of specific programs andactivities. Organizing categories come from the Aspen Institute and CCRC Transfer Playbook for Essential FourYear College Practices.Institution: The University of Texas at ArlingtonPRIORITIZE TRANSFER STUDENT SUCCESS Transfer Portal - being created to allow for successful transfer – due to launch March 2020.a.b.c.d.Allow prospective transfer student access to PeopleSoftMinimize students need to enter data.Provide degree planning for students at their current institution.Provide UT Arlington degree planning. When showing degree plans, be able toprovide views to different degrees – finance vs. accounting vs. engineering – using aneasy to adjust view.e. Calculate time to complete degree plan. Impact on finances? Ex. - Can we tell themfinancial awards will not be available if not spent by fall?f. Integrate with courses from each institution to show acceptability of course for UTArlington degree plan.g. Will allow “what if” scenarios to evaluate multiple degree options.h. Integration with core UT Arlington enterprise tools (i.e. Campus Solutions, Civitas,CRM when available).i. Provide information to various UT Arlington departments – Admissions, StudentAffairs, Academic Advisors, Financial Aid, others to be identified. Transfer Express: Specialized Transfer Orientation designed for older students who havein-depth knowledge of the collegiate environment. To qualify for the Transfer Expresssession, students must meet one of the following criteria:Transfer in 66 or more credit hoursBe a full-time (30 hours/week) working professional25 years of age or olderThis half-day session (8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) will cover the basics and empower you to complete theremaining items necessary for you to start classes and succeed as a Maverick. Transfer Online Orientation: Our online program will introduce you to the UT Arlingtoncampus and help you learn about valuable campus resources and involvementopportunities. The online orientation program is designed for students whose travel to1 Page

campus is difficult or impossible (such as active duty military members, out-of-statestudents, etc.). Transfer Appreciation Day: A daylong series of events that cater to all transfer studentson campus. The day is full of activities that range from academic information sessions totransfer talks and give-a-ways. Current transfer students and their families are invited toattend. Maventure Camp: Maventure Camp attendees will be immersed into UTA campus life for2 days and get to experience what it is really like to be a Maverick! At Maventure Camp,students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in UTA's rich history and traditionswhile bonding with fellow incoming and current students. Transfer Orientation Leader Position: The Transfer Orientation Leader program isdesigned to provide incoming UTA transfer students the opportunity to connect withfellow transfer students, campus resources, and faculty and staff. Transfer Tuesdays Meet & Greet: Transfer Tuesdays meet one time per month at an offcampus location. This is a time to mix and mingle with other transfer students whileenjoying appetizers and games! Tau Sigma: Tau Sigma National Honor Society – a national honor society designedexclusively for transfer students! Their mission is to "recognize and promote theacademic excellence and involvement of transfers students." Tau Sigma provides itsmembers opportunities to earn scholarships, attend leadership conferences, takeleadership positions in the university, serve others at the university and in thecommunity, all while developing friendships and becoming a more integral part of theuniversity to which, they transferred! Hot Wings & Hot Topics:HW&HT provides a platform for discussion and gives students the opportunity to engagein meaningful dialogue about the things happening around them. There are no filters orlimitations, just students sharing thoughts/concerns in a room full of respectful andnonjudgmental ears.CREATE CLEAR PROGRAM PATHWAYS WITH ALIGNED HIGH-QUALITY INSTRUCTION Transferology launched Fall 2019a. UTA students gained access to a Transferology is a nationwide networkdesigned to help students answer the question “Will my courses transfer?”b. Students enter coursework, exams, and/or military learning experiences, thendiscover in a single click how many schools in the Transferology network havematching courses that may be awarded when the student transfers.c. Schools are ranked by the percentage of coursework they accept in transferfor each student, though users can focus the results with a number of handyfilters and sorts.d. Details of how those courses will count are available with another click ortwo, and students can inform schools of their interest in transferring by2 Page

asking about specific programs, campus visits, and/or coursework that hasnot yet been evaluated by the school.UNIV 1101 – new required transfer student course launched Spring 2020 to address theneeds of transfer students with the following course objectives: Recognize and utilize the various academic and personal student resources availableat UTA, including those related to financial literacy and wellness. Apply various learning and study strategies to their college classes. Recognize the unique characteristics of their major, including relevant co- and extracurricular opportunities, and understand the significance of that discipline in today’sworld. Identify the role of faculty as experts in providing guidance in academic planning,experiential learning and career goals related to the student’s major. Describe career types in different professions that they might enter after completingtheir degree at UTA. Develop a sense of self-awareness through teamwork and collaborative efforts. Additional learning outcomes will vary by collegeUTA Transfer Guides - Each academic department provides an online transfer guide for eachof their degrees. These guides are not degree plans. Each guide provides the UTA CourseName, UTA Course Number and the Texas Common Course Number to prepare students fordiscussions with their academic advisor.Course Equivalency Rule Building Project - The Registrar’s office completed a project in Fall2019 to build course equivalency rules for all of UT Arlington’s Top Community College Feederpartners which allow for seamless course articulation in PeopleSoft. This has been advertisedto community college partners.PROVIDE TAILORED STUDENT ADVISING Prior to transfer student orientation, transfer students are utilizing optimizedappointment system to meet with academic advisors to review course offeringsAt Transfer orientation, UTA has committed that transfer students will not leaveorientation without being registered for coursesTransfer students who have not been advised prior to orientation are scheduled tohave a 30-minute appointment with an academic advisor at orientationExtended advising hours are offered for transfer students to accommodate workingschedulesBeginning Spring 2020, UTA is offering multiterm registration (one year) to assiststudents with creating a strong pathway for completion upon transfer.Enhanced website with Transfer Student Resources that can be utilized when meetingwith an academic advisor - Civitas Degree Map tool that UTA provides for students allows them to seeacademic requirements for their major and other major, and they can plan theircourses semester-by-semester on their own or with assistance from their academicadvisor; this tool also has career informationThe College Scheduler platform that is integrated into UTA’s studentinformation/registration system (PeopleSoft) allows students to easily plan theirschedule each semester by suggesting schedules based on needed coursework anddesired class times3 Page

Transfer students may schedule an appointment with their academic advisor onlinewith UTA’s optimized appointment system whenever they need assistanceBUILD STRONG TRANSFER PARTNERSHIPS Texas Transfer Alliance - UTA is engaged in a multi-institution statewide project toimprove transfer student success and decrease course equivalency complications.Hosted by the Dana Center at UT Austin, through philanthropic support, the TransferPartnership Strategy (TPS) effort at UTA includes Dallas County Community Collegeand UNT Dallas. A quick hitting goal is to reduce degree credit disconnects acrossinstitutions within the Field of Study curricula and certain course and degreerequirements. In 90 days the group will have identified and made progress on the firstset of courses and requirements. The Dana Center staff will visit UTA two times in the90 day sprint, assisting with navigation and collaboration required. On campus,stakeholders from academics to enrollment management will be in engaged.UTAxTCC (Tarrant County College) - is a program tailored made for Tarrant CountryCollege students, who have a goal of obtaining a bachelor's degree. This programallows UTA to create an application for TCC students and evaluate their transfercredit without the student having to submit a TCC transcript. Through this time savingmeasure, the transfer process starts sooner and provides resources to help studentsidentify the right coursework. Students have access to advising, UTA events andguaranteed tuition program.Maverick Connection Days - UTA representatives visit Tarrant County CommunityColleges and Dallas County Community College District campuses. The event includesinformation about admissions guidelines, financial aid opportunities and applicationdrives for fall and spring 2020. Representatives from academic departments andstudent life are in attendance.Transfer Campus Tours - Special tours designed specifically to a transfer student’sneeds including assistance in completing admission applicationsCounselor/Advisor Update events - Host to community college advisors andcounselors to provide updates on UTA Admissions and other goings onFacebook Live – Transfer Students – online event for prospective transfer studentswith UTA admissions counselors4 Page

Institution: University of Texas at Austin Transfer-Year Experience Program (TYE) is a unit within the College of Undergraduate Studies, charged withcreating transfer-specific academic spaces for currently enrolled transfer students. Their goal is to connectstudents to mentors and build avenues for transfer students to establish peer networks. The Transfer Experience Center (TEC) is a space where transfer student can connect with and/or buildcommunity. A place on campus to learn more about resources and opportunities that will help studentssuccessfully assimilate into the UT Austin community. The center provides academic and social programswhereby students can interact with faculty, staff, and peers throughout the tenure of their enrollment. Transfer Student Orientation is the next step in a student’s transition to attend UT Austin. They are able tolearn their way around campus, meet with academic advisors, spend time with other students and register forclasses. Currently orientation has three days of programming and is required for all incoming transfer students. Admissions Welcome Center is an on-campus resource, recently constructed to provide campus tours and avariety of services primarily to prospective students, parents and visitors. The programming, guidance andservices provide impactful experiences for prospective students and their families. Meaningful visits helpprospective students and their families to position for long-term success. Camp Texas was founded and is still supported by ex-students. It provides a extensive start of the collegeexperience for new freshman and transfer students. Held annually at a Hill Country ranch outside Austin, thisthree-day event is the ultimate welcome for new students. It also provides opportunities to visit with professors,to gain insights relating to student success strategies. Transfer Tools:o Automated Transfer Equivalency System (ATE) is a searchable transfer credit database for more than320,000 courses at Texas colleges and universities. Students can search by either the UT Austin course numberor the course numbers at any institution in the State of Texas. A useful tool in determining how course transferfor a seamless transition.o Transfer Guides use Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) to provide exhaustive lists of coursesTexas community college students can take to ensure applicability of transfer credit toward UT Austin degreerequirements. The recommended courses are commonly taught by community colleges statewide. Students canfollow a Guide from the academic year in which they began attending their community college throughgraduation at UT Austin.o Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) is a tool that affords prospective and current students the opportunityto map out successful pathways to graduation by simulating the transferability of course credit. It providesassurance of applicability to degree programs and helps facilitate timely graduations. A feature for prospectivestudents is the “UT Planner”, which helps those students plan pertinent coursework from their start at anycommunity (or senior) college in Texas. Terry Scholarship Program facilitates the awarding of Terry Scholarships to non-traditional students who aretransferring from a Texas community college or university and are working toward their first baccalaureatedegree.5 Page

These students must have been accepted for admission to UT Austin as Texas Resident and have demonstratedAcademic Achievement, Leadership, Maturity and a demonstrated Financial Need. Recipients of the awardshave exhibited an increased confidence in their ability to succeed. Transfer Signature Courses are designed for transfer students who may arrive on campus with collegeexperience, but are unfamiliar with navigating the UT Austin landscape. These courses are structured to provideconnections with transfer peers and to acclimate students to a new level of academic rigor. Select courses aredesigned and tailored to enhance the transfer student experience. Transfer Learning Communities (LLC) is a residential community that brings together students who arrive atUT Austin with valuable college and life experiences. In this program, first-year transfer students build on thestrength and resilience from these experiences and come together as a supportive community. Participantsbenefit from exposure to a wide range of campus resources, connections with faculty, workshops on selfauthorship, and a built-in peer network. The program helps students translate their previous college experiencesinto academic success at UT Austin. Transfer Interest Groups are designed to offset the challenges and enhance the opportunities of the firstsemester at UT Austin. Transfer students often experience challenges concerning the level of academicexpectations, connecting with fellow transfer students in their courses, and registering for their first-choicecourses. Transfer-Year Interest Groups (TrIGs) provide a unique opportunity for new transfer students to meetthese challenges with the support of their peers.Consisting of between 18-25 new transfer students, each takes one or two courses together during their firstsemester. Each group meets with a peer mentor and a staff facilitator throughout the semester. TrIG studentsbuild communities as they study and assimilate into campus life. Catch the Next Inc. is a nonprofit, college-readiness organization whose goals are in tandem with the TexasHigher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30 initiative. CTN’s Ascender cohorts from Austin Community College,El Paso Community College, South Texas College and Palo Alto Community College convened at UT-Austin undera sponsored joint agreement with the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Greater TexasFoundation, the Meadows Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.First-generation college students are inspired to look beyond an associate degree by continuing their educationat a four-year institution and to achieve the goal of a bachelor’s degree. During a three-day event, CTN studentsare exposed to a range of activities and events designed to encourage exploration and enhanced familiarizationwith campus life. Transfer Student Leadership Summit is an annual event, designed to bring together transfer student leadersfrom four-year colleges and universities across Texas. Students share their transfer experiences, identifycommon themes, present on transfer support initiatives, and build peer networks. Students will lead thesessions, while faculty and staff are invited to co-present and facilitate networking opportunities. Veterans Services is a unit within the Dean of Students Office which helps serve student veterans, enlistedmilitary personnel and dependents with information and assistance while transiting. In concert with theRegistrar’s Office (Veterans Certification) staff, veteran students are guided through the benefits application andcertification process. They are also exposed to veteran-centered academic support, career services, health careand wellness resources to enhance their prospects for success.6 Page

Pathway to Admission through Co-Enrollment (PACE) is a co-enrollment program created through apartnership with Austin Community College, with a purpose of exposing participants to a range of support andguidance prior to their transition to full-time status at UT Austin. Approximately one-hundred applicants areselected to participate during their freshman year. Students enroll in a single course at UT Austin and fourcourses at ACC during the two semesters of the program.Cross-coordination between ACC and UT Austin advising staffs ensures a seamless transitional experience. Withsmall group-tailored classes at ACC, and exposure to the unique educational opportunities, PACE students canexperience the breath and rigor of coursework at both campuses. As a program within the UT Austin SuccessInitiatives division, PACE has received prestigious awards for advising and their overall commitment to studentsuccess. The Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) was created to expand the admissions options available to Texasresident students interested in enrolling at UT Austin. In doing so, the participants are afforded an opportunityto attend one of the other UT System academic institutions.Upon completion of the program, those admitted to UT Austin constitutes approximately one-third of theexternal Transfer students to the UT Austin annually. The relative success of the program is due to the collectiveefforts of the administrative and advising team from each of the participating institutions.7 Page

Institution: The University of Texas at DallasPrioritize transfer student successQEP: New Transfer Student Success includes various retention and persistence strategies focused ontransfer students, including the Transfer Peer Mentor Program (initiated by the UT System StudentSuccess Grant and expanded under the QEP); New Student Engagement Board with a Transferrepresentative; transfer student orientation enhancements; transfer student programming qualitativesurveys; transfer student focus groups led by QEP Director; transfer student services changes fromFirst Gen Student survey; enrolling/non-enrolling surveys; exit surveys; participation in TransferPartnership Strategy project; development of Office of Community College Relations; and “TeamTransfer” group with representatives from across campus working together to make sure ourprocesses are working well for transfer students.Create clear program pathways with aligned high-quality instructionWorking with Collin College and DCCCD on increasing the number of 2 2 pathway agreements;became a sponsoring member institution of the North Texas Community College Consortium; updatestransfer guides available on website; program webpages often include career opportunities; andJindal School of Management conducts a transfer seminar.Provide tailored student advisingWebsite and marketing materials include information needed by transfer students; currentlydeveloping a robust transfer equivalency tool to help incoming and prospective students see howtheir credit might apply; advisors regularly visit our feeder community colleges to meet withprospective students; we are currently working on developing a training program for “transferchampions” in each school advising office; Transfer Orientation is mandatory; and we have significantpre-admission advising.Build strong transfer partnershipsCreated the Office of Community College Relations which is helping facilitate communication amongfaculty, administration, and students at UT Dallas and regional and state community colleges.8 Page

Institution: The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)Prioritize transfer student successoUTEP President and senior leaders from the Office of the Provost and the Division of StudentAffairs emphasize that improving community college transfer student outcomes is core toachieving the institution’s mission.oUTEP and El Paso Community College (EPCC) Presidents co-lead the Executive ArticulationCouncil (EAC) which convenes institutional leaders quarterly to strengthening student transferoutcomes. Under the EAC’s Curricular Initiatives affinity group, faculty analyze applicability oftransfer credit, identify gaps in application of transfer credit, and establish seamless transferplans for top-transfer programs.oUTEP and EPCC are both leaders of The El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, abroad-based, citywide collaboration of education, business, and civic leaders committed totransformation of the entire PreK-16 pipeline, including transfer students.oUTEP’s institutional reporting office (Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research, andPlanning) disaggregates student success data by transfer and native, in order to assess andaddress gaps and effectiveness of transfer policies.Create clear program pathways with aligned high-quality instructionoUTEP and EPCC have identified the top 10 transfer degree plans and have committed tocreating seamless transfer plans that offer applicability of all courses required for theassociate’s degree.oUTEP and EPCC are collaborating with Dana Center to receive technical assistance to improvetransfer. A 90-day cycle plan has been developed to map the top five transfer programs andbuild collaborations between institutional curriculum committees.oUTEP and EPCC have signed memorandums of understanding that outline program learningobjectives and expectations.oUTEP and EPCC have established practices for issuing consortium agreements, whichrecognize concurrent enrollment at both institutions for the purpose of determiningenrollment status and issuing financial aid accordingly.oUTEP and EPCC are national leaders in reverse transfer, which has been a vital pathway forstudents to earn associate degrees while enrolled at UTEP and pursuing bachelor’s degrees.Provide tailored student advisingoThe UTEP Academic Advising Center (AAC) has adopted a holistic advising model whichconsiders the particular needs and characteristics of students, and includes a financial9 Page

wellness component (using social work graduate students) to serve transfer students upontheir arrival to UTEP.oUTEP and EPCC host joint advising workshops annually to share information about changes todegree plans, and identify strategies to advise concurrently enrolled and transfer students.oThe AAC has a dedicated team of advisors, specifically for transfer students, who are familiarwith articulation rules, and are trained in identifying services that assist students who aretransitioning to the four-year school. Resources may include financial resources, tutoring,and enrollment barriers.oThe AAC is also prepared to advise prospective transfer students before applying or enrollingat UTEP, to ensure that students are familiar with applicability of transfer course work.oUTEP has a public-facing degree plans website that allows students to enter transfer workfrom other institutions, and project the manner in which transfer work will apply to UTEPdegree plans.oUTEP has a designated orientation program specifically for transfer students. We recognizethat while transfer students are not new to college, they are new to UTEP and they deservetheir own welcome to campus. The orientation programming targets topics that impacttransfer students.Build strong transfer partnershipsoUTEP President and other institutional leaders have strong working relationships withcolleagues at EPCC and regularly communicate with them about transfer student support andoutcomes.oUTEP and EPCC share data on transfer student outcomes and regularly work to discussimprovements in practice.oUTEP has multiple “transfer champions” who serve as contacts in the Office of the Provostand the Division of Students Affairs for the exchange of information and the raising ofconcerns between the institutions.10 P a g e

Institution: The University of Texas Permian Basin Weekly visits to Odessa College and Midland College Quarterly Odessa College and Midland College Application Days with on-the-spot Advising Transfer Thursdays (application events) at UTPB that occur the first Thursday of each month OC2UTPB Teaching in 3 (Odessa College partnership with UTPB’s College of Education) An accelerated three-year program for students pursuing elementary education where theycomplete three semesters at Odessa College and then transfer to UTPB for the remaining threesemesters. Midland College Engineering Partnership The purpose of this MOU is:1. To offer students cost-effective opportunities to simultaneously co-enroll at Midland Collegeand UT Permian Basin, and to take classes at both institutions2. To collaborate and develop innovative experiential learning models and partnerships targetedon student success3. To Increase engineering education options and opportunities for Midland College students andto increase matriculation rates to UT Permian Basin Engineering4. To eliminate transfer barriers, offer consistent transition experience to MC students, andpromote timely completion of baccalaureate engineering degree Quarterly visits to New Mexico Junior College (Hobbs, NM), Howard College (Big Spring, TX), South PlainsCollege (Levelland, TX) Community College Transfer Student Fairs (Amarillo College, NMJC, OC, MC, Howard College) Personalized incomplete application email reminders from our Transfer Admissions Counselors Admissions staff whose sole focus is supporting transfer students:o 3 Transcript Evaluators Full-time staff focused on evaluating transfer students’ transcripts and processingapplicationso 2 Transfer Admissions Counselors Responsible for recruitment efforts at the area community colleges including weeklyvisits, transfer events, and transfer fairs11 P a g e

Institution: University of Texas at San AntonioPrioritize transfer student successUTSA’s senior leadership has increased the institution’s emphasis on transfer student success throughthe following: Establishing a transfer recruiting unit. This unit is focused solely on transfer studentrecruiting, providing information about the institution and the transfer admissionprocess. A Transfer Specialist is assigned to community college partner campuseslocated within a specific territory. We use a data-driven model to determine bestutilization of resources based on number of applications received over time. Established a transfer credit calculator that specifically designed to assist students viaan online model that evaluates their existing credits against a degree plan. Establishing the Transfer and Transition Student Success Services unitThis unit provides seamless and efficient programming and services to transferstudents and those students transitioning to UTSA through special transfer programssuch as Alamo On-TRAC and Alamo Runners. Establishing the Student Development, Leadership and Belonging Program unitThis unit promotes engagement and sense of belonging for UTSA’s undergraduatetransfer students through the First-Gen and Transfer Center. This unit houses ourFrist-Gen and Transfer Center where transfer students are assigned a peer mentorand also participate in specific programming and workshops offered throughout thesemester.Create clear program pathways with aligned high-quality instruction UTSA has partnered with Lone Star College-Cyfair, Alamo Colleges-Northwest VistaCollege and Blinn College on a Transfer Academy for Tomorrows Engineers (TATE).Students in the Academy will be dually enrolled and taking an engineering coursetaught by a UTSA faculty on the community college campus. The Transfer and Transition Student Success Services unit has worked with theacademic departments and community college partners regarding Transfer Guides.These guides enable both the institutions recruiters and advisors to have a commontool to use when working with students to aid them in ensuring the appropriatecourses are selected; eliminating the taking of unnecessary courses; and loss ofcredit.Provide tailored student advising12 P a g e

During the fall 2019, UTSA began offering prospective students the opportunity to meetwith a Student Success Transfer Advisor in-person or online. The Student SuccessTransfer Advisor provides the student with accurate information regarding their transfercourse applicability to degree; answer other questions the student may have; and alsoinforms them of academic and student success resources available at UTSA. The StudentSuccess Transfer Advisor also serves as a point of contact/resource on next steps postadmission.The T

Texas Transfer Alliance - UTA is engaged in a multi-institution statewide project to improve transfer student success and decrease course equivalency complications. Hosted by the Dana Center