Indiana University website to provide information for, about transfer students
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University today announced the launch of the University Transfer Office website, a new service that will serve as a source of current, authoritative and comprehensive information about transfer questions.
The University Transfer Office, established last year, is charged with coordinating activities related to student transfer and providing information about transferring for current and prospective students, faculty and staff.
Part of the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs and physically located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the office works with transfer offices on the seven Indiana University campuses and with state government entities on all aspects of policy and communication related to student transfers.
"Students who transfer to Indiana University and who transfer between campuses are a growing and important part of the university community," said John S. Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs. "We owe it to them to make transfer policies and procedures as consistent and transparent as possible. The University Transfer Office will support the success of Indiana University students and contribute to the educational attainment of the state."
T.J. Rivard, assistant vice president for university academic and regional campus affairs and professor of English at IU East, directs the office. He said it will work to make transfer more of a seamless process and to support policies that prevent students from losing credit needlessly.
"Part of our charge is to create consistency in accepting transfer credit equivalently across campuses in areas where it makes sense to do so," he said. "The website will give the students and the campuses a central hub to learn more about transfer at IU."
He emphasized that the transfer office will not dictate what requirements IU academic units should establish for degree programs. Instead, providing complete, current information about transfer policies and academic requirements will enable students to make informed decisions.
The office will also implement transfer collaborations and best practices that develop from the Blueprint for Student Attainment, an Indiana University initiative created in 2011 to support success for students on regional campuses. It also will work with state higher education entities such as the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and its Statewide Transfer and Articulation Committee.
It will represent IU in responding to and implementing state policies and legislative mandates, such as requirements for single articulation pathways for accepting credits earned at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University and a 30-credit-hour statewide general education core recognized by all the public universities in the state.
Responsibilities of the University Transfer Office include:
- Tracking data on transfer students and devising mechanisms to evaluate the success of students who transfer to IU or between IU campuses.
- Establishing and keeping up an audit system for transfer students linked to degree programs.
- Coordinating activities of campus transfer offices and assisting them with best practices.
- Negotiating, updating and tracking transfer agreements with other institutions and developing partnerships to support student success.
- Working to resolve disagreements that may arise between campuses over transfers.
The transfer office website will eventually enable students to explore courses at all IU campuses, see how their coursework will transfer from one campus to another, and receive updates on transfer information. IU personnel can use the site to find data, policies and agreements on student transfers, share questions and get answers. The public will be able to see IU transfer success stories and learn about IU’s collaboration with Ivy Tech and other institutions.
Creation of the transfer office recognizes the fact that many students transfer one or more times before completing college, and that facilitating effective transfers can help students earn their degrees sooner and at less cost, a priority for the state and the Commission for Higher Education. A study released this summer by the National Center for Education Statistics found that, on average, students lost about 13 credits when they transferred from one institution to another.
The University Transfer Office also will help IU and its campuses address questions about when and how to award credit for competency-based education and prior learning assessments, in which students may use portfolios or test results to show they possess skills that may not result from formal class work.