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Faculty, advisers and administrators from UNC and N.C. community colleges will convene in Chapel Hill on Sept. 18 to consider how best to support transfer students.
Participants plan to exchange information with higher education experts and policymakers about best practices for guiding transfer students toward earning their baccalaureate degrees.
About 750 transfer students from community colleges and other four-year institutions are admitted to Carolina each fall, usually in their sophomore or junior years.
“Transfer students contribute to the diversity, culture and intellectual life of the University’s undergraduate community,” said Cynthia Demetriou, retention coordinator in UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Education.
“The conference is designed to raise awareness of the experiences of transfer students and to identify the challenges they face and the pathways to their success,” Demetriou said.
Speakers will include Bonita Jacobs, director and founder of the Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, and Scott Ralls ’86, president of the N.C. Community College System.
The conference is sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Carolina Transfer Student Excellence Program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Carolina New Student and Parent Programs.