As a leader in higher education, you’re concerned with the success of your students. You look for ways to continuously improve student outcomes. And you understand the benefits of learning from the successes of other institutions.
It’s important to you to base your decisions for improvement on solid research.
That’s why we conduct strategic research projects for you. We use our data analytic skills to provide you with practical and actionable data. Data you can use at your institution to create positive change for your students’ continued success.
IEHE conducts several ongoing national strategic research projects informed by our RealityCheck research. We locate institutions that are doing exceptionally well with student success in various student groups. We then examine what those institutions are doing to help their students succeed.
IEHE is committed to supporting higher education institutions in their continuous efforts to become more effective. Our national strategic research projects are one way we can share our expertise with the higher education community.
Our current national strategic research project examines the programs of four-year institutions with high rates of success with transfer-in students.
Compared to full-time students, higher education professionals know very little about transfer-in students. That’s why we’ve focused IEHE’s current national strategic research project on the success of transfer-in students at four-year institutions.
Given the anticipated enrollment increase in transfer-in students, and the relative lack of information about them, IEHE is focusing on learning as much as possible about this population.
We are sharing the results of this strategic research project here as they become available.
Week 1: As part of IEHE’s national strategic research project, we’ve used our results from RealityCheck to identify institutions with higher than expected transfer-in student graduation rates. We call them “Overachievers.”
Our team scoured the institutional websites of these Overachievers to assess the quality of information available to transfer-in students. We wanted to find the Exceptional Overachievers.
In this 16-week series, we share the results of our research & analysis – in particular, the websites geared specifically toward transfer-in students. We hope this information can help you enhance your own institution’s transfer-in student experiences and success.
At the end of the series, a compendium of resources will be made available through our newsletter. Subscribers will have access to all of the institutional links and resources shared throughout the series.
We all know the importance of making a great first impression, right? Well, for many potential transfer-in students, the first impression of an institution comes with the Admissions experience.
It was important for IEHE to look at this step first. Some Overachieving institutions are doing a great job introducing themselves to potential transfer-in students and smoothing their path to enrollment. They make a great first impression.
We talk a lot in higher ed about collaboration, synchronicity, and teamwork, don’t we? But while we often work well within our institutions to collaborate toward student success, it’s important to look outside as well.
One way to smooth the path for transfer-in students is to engage in articulation agreements with partner institutions. When those agreements are established, and available on an institution’s website, it gives potential transfer-in students a clear idea of how to make the transfer-in process seamless.
To learn more, check out our LinkedIn post highlighting our research and our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Articulation Agreements.
Some institutions review credits for transfer only after a student has been admitted. But offering a simple way for prospective transfers to evaluate, on their own, the transferability of individual courses they’ve taken/are taking eliminates the guesswork and empowers them as a decision maker.
If you want to smooth the path for students to transfer-in to your institution, an online credit calculator/matrix is a great addition to your admissions website.
Check out the Exceptional Overachieving institutions that are helping transfer-in students succeed.
To learn more, check out our LinkedIn post highlighting our research and our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Transfer-In Credit Calculators.
Money follows mission.
Providing an exceptional educational experience is the primary mission of most colleges and universities. When an institution’s mission includes a commitment to transfer-in students, money should be directed to them.
Financing an education is a concern for many students and their families. So, the availability of scholarships/grants for prospective transfer-in students can be a big incentive for completion.
To learn more, check out our LinkedIn post highlighting our research and our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Transfer-In Scholarships.
We celebrate all kinds of things in higher ed. Any event can be turned into a festival on campus!
Hosting a Transfer Fair or information session is an opportunity to recruit prospective transfer-in students and support those who have recently joined your community. And it’s fun!
Activities outlining the transfer-in process and highlighting the campus supports and resources available lets these students know they matter.
Throw in a food truck, and now it’s a party! (properly social distanced, of course)
It’s hard to be the new person in the group. Even harder when people think you already know the ropes.
Transfer-in students are assumed to understand how college works – simply because they’ve been to one or more colleges before. But institutions aren’t the same.
Transfer Orientation can build knowledge and set transfer students up for success. Orientation designed specifically for transfer-in students can build on their existing knowledge while introducing them to the new resources at their disposal. Transfer Orientation gives them tools for continued success.
To learn more, check out our LinkedIn post highlighting our research and our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Transfer-In Orientation.
Transfer-in students have often had many life experiences. And now their family may include spouses/partners and children, in addition to parents. Many work while enrolled. These circumstances call for different supports.
We reviewed Exceptional Overachiever institutions to identify ways they acknowledge these differing needs.
The personal and professional circumstances of many transfer-in students call for different kinds of supports – especially for students that have children. Families are an important part of the transfer-in experience and we wanted to know how institutions engage with them.
To learn more, check out our LinkedIn post highlighting our research and our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Family & Friends Engagement.
Providing ways for transfer-in students to stay connected to the campus and each other is important. Since many don’t live on campus, and may have nowhere to go between classes, dedicated campus space for them (in person or virtual) is helpful.
In today’s digital world, some institutions provide space for transfers to connect and communicate virtually, through social media sites dedicated to them.
We were curious whether institutions offered physical or virtual space for transfer students to gather and engage.
Student organizations are a great way for students to connect with others who share common interests and experiences. Organizations and associations dedicated to transfer-in students can help those students network and navigate the challenges unique to them.
To learn more, check out our LinkedIn post highlighting our research and our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Transfer-In Student Associations.
Not all institutions offer residential housing. And many that do don’t have the capacity to house all students who want to live on campus.
When space is available, transfer-ins can benefit like first-year students do from a campus life experience.
Campus housing isn’t always an option, but among those that offer it, some institutions stand out.
To learn more, check out our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Transfer-In Housing.
Students that work while pursuing their education still need access to educational services.
While some student support services (such as the library and tutoring) are open late and on weekends to accommodate student schedules, many operate under the traditional business hour model. This keeps students who work 9-5 from having easy access to the offices.
To learn more, check out our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Weekend and Evening Hours for Transfer-In Students.
Success coaching/mentoring is a great way to help students reach academic and career goals. Some institutions provide coaching specifically for transfer-in students.
When mentors account for students’ unique circumstances and goals, they can promote academic and professional success.
To learn more, check out our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Success Coaching/Mentoring.
Some institutions offer transfer students a class or seminar (sometimes for credit) to help orient them to the new institution. These courses can be similar to a First-Year Experience Course/Seminar and can provide a valuable introduction into resources available to them.
To learn more, check out our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Transfer-In Seminar.
Transfer-ins and students that work first and study second often have a better idea of their career plan than first-year students. Some are pursuing their education as a part of their career progression.
Students already in the workforce can benefit from internships that value their experiences and build on their existing skillsets when completing internships.
To learn more, check out our video on the Exceptional Overachievers in Internships and Workforce Development.
We hope you’ve enjoyed IEHE’s Transfer-In Student Success Strategic Research.
Throughout this series, we’ve highlighted 18 Exceptional Overachievers – institutions that are graduating transfer-in students at higher-than-expected rates and providing unique and valuable supports in one or more of the 14 areas we highlighted.
Our Week 16 video caps off this strategic research series.
The Exceptional Overachiever All Stars – highlighted during our series three or more times. These five institutions are putting substantial effort into recruiting and supporting transfer-in students – and their efforts are paying off!
Many institutions have outgrown traditional graduation rates for first-time, full-time students, or were never really a fan of them. Those rates were never designed to assess all institutions. And they’re particularly bad at assessing success for institutions that have large part-time and transfer-in populations.
If that sounds like your institution, then you may be interested in a better way to tell your institution’s success story and identify which student groups need more support.
IEHE’s RealityCheck Report documents your institution’s unique successes and challenges with all your students.