Another successful annual Transfer Specialist Conference was held this year at Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake in Brainerd on October 12 and 13, 2016 where 130 participants attended.
A session to update transfer specialists from Minnesota State was held on the afternoon of October 12. Updates on Transfer Pathways, Transfer Policy and Procedures, AAS to Baccalaureate Pathways, Transfer Review/Appeal Process, Transfer Website, Transferology, and Reverse Transfer were provided by Louise DiCesare, System Director for Transfer and Collaboration and Shannan Ellis, Assistant Director for Transfer. Julio Vargas-Essex from Metropolitan State University and Tony Boehler from MSU Mankato, presented information about the variation of the MnTC. Transfer specialists were then split into small groups to discuss possible solutions.
On October 13, the Transfer Specialist Conference included both Minnesota State and non-Minnesota State transfer specialists. Lynda Milne, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, provided opening remarks and appreciation for all attendees.
Sarah Hatfield and Joanna McCord from the University of Minnesota Duluth, spoke about how their universities respond to rules that govern transfer and facilitated a group discussion. There were then three concurrent break-out sessions that included a variety of topics presented by a combination of Minnesota State and non-Minnesota State presenters. Topics included Hot Topics; Transfer Pathways; TES Workflow; Student Centric Support for Initial Transfer Stages; Leveraging Transfer Tools for Student Veteran Success; Using Social Media; Transferology/TES Drop In; Credit for Prior Learning, A Reverse Transfer Partnership Between University of Minnesota Duluth and Lake Superior College and Transfer Advising Techniques and Processes.
The feedback we received emphasized the importance of group discussion, networking and learning about tools and processes from a variety of colleges and universities. We would like to thank all the presenters at this year’s conference and give special thanks to the members of the Transfer Conference Taskforce that met over the summer to help select the conference theme, plan the sessions and map out the details of the conference: Carmella Gaynor, Debbie Palm and Tony Boehler.
Conference presentation PowerPoints can be found http://www.mntransfer.org/transfer/profdev/t_profdev.php.
Shannan Ellis – Assistant Director for Transfer