The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), housed at the University of North Georgia (UNG), has published a book to help administrators in higher education better understand the complex issues of the transfer process by providing up-to-date research and best practices.
"Transition and Transformation: Fostering Transfer Student Success" is a book that addresses some of the most pressing issues that affect transfer students and the transfer process, including the key aspects of strategic planning, curricular innovations and initiatives, and outreach and advising.
"Transferring between institutions as a pathway to degree completion is increasingly becoming a big part of the national conversation on college affordability, accountability and access," said Dr. Janet Marling, executive director of NISTS and vice president for student affairs at UNG. "Our hope is that this publication and the shareable data inside will be used for immediate implementation on campuses nationwide."
The book highlights the experience of practitioners involved in the day-to-day work of serving students in a variety of institutional contexts: public and private, two-year and four-year.
The authors for the book are from all across the country, as well as organizations and foundations that are invested in improving the American higher education system. Their insight, from many years of experience, provides a set of strategies that will guide faculty and staff who are interested in improving the complex transfer process.
"Many professionals are asked to step into a transfer-related role without much training or support," said Judith Brauer, assistant director for NISTS. "This publication is designed to be a practical, hands-on guide for them to use to improve the lives of transfer students."
NISTS was founded in 2002 by UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs in response to a lack of professional development opportunities and research literature focused specifically on transfer students. Through research, education and service, NISTS supports professionals who directly serve transfer students, as well as those who create transfer policy and conduct transfer-related research.
The peer-reviewed book was printed by UNG Press, a scholarly press with a primary function to promote education and research, and a special emphasis on local and global cultures.