On a Quest for Student Success at the 2018 Tennessee Transfer Summit

Fearless stewards of higher education across the state convened on February 28th at the Nelson Andrews Leadership Center in Nashville to partake in discussions centered around best practices and guiding students in transition. The event, hosted by the University of Tennessee and the Higher Education Commission, highlighted initiatives supporting Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 campaign for college completion.

In his address to the group, Randy Schulte, TN Board of Regent’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, commended the summit for affording “a unique opportunity for key representatives of all postsecondary institutions to link, learn and strategize together to optimize transfer efficiencies for our students.”

Ensuring successful student outcomes through tailored advising, clear programmatic pathways and scholarship opportunities was the order of the day. To this end, breakout sessions focused on reverse transfer, adult learners and Tennessee Reconnect, TN Transfer Pathways and prior learning assessment.

“Last year alone, approximately 28,000 students transferred from out-of-state or transferred between two- and four-year institutions within Tennessee,” said keynote speaker Linda Martin, UT’s vice president for academic affairs and student success. “It is critically important for institutions to ensure these students experience seamless transitions, and that best practices are implemented to enable transfer student success.”

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