Transfer students from local community colleges and other institutions of higher education have consistently been a significant subpopulation of UNCP enrollment, however there are limited resources devoted for academic support and transition programs for these students. Approximately 51% of all transfer students graduate from the University and only 40% of Native American transfer students graduate from the University. The goal of implementing a Transfer Transition Program is to improve the retention and graduation rates of all transfer student and specifically the Native American transfer students. Additionally, UNCP will now be eligible to receive more funding from GA based on the graduation rates of community college transfers who had completed an associate degree. This will be the first time that this is included in the funding formula for UNCP.
As part of the NASNTI (The Native American-serving Nontribal Institutions) grant, the Transfer Transition Program serves to connect transfer students to available campus resources and provide information and support through a Peer Mentor program. The program funds two Transfer Liaisons (TLs), who will be assisting transfer students throughout the transfer process, linking students to relevant campus resources such as the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. These TLs will also assist transfer students with understanding Articulation Agreements and provide academic pre-advising and referrals to faculty advisors within degree programs. Five regional community colleges are being targeted: Bladen, FTCC, Richmond, Robeson, and Sandhills. The TLs will have a visible presence on these campuses and network with existing site-based UNCP staff to build a connection with transfer students prior to matriculation at UNCP.
This grant provides funding for many things, including personnel, software, speaker fees, etc. However, certain items are unallowable with grant funds. In order to promote the Transfer Transition Program and Peer Mentors, support is requested to fund polo-shirts for the mentors and Transfer Transition staff to wear during events with the institution and program name embroidered. Additionally, funding is requested to purchase items to be used as thank you gifts for community college representatives, volunteers and speakers and to purchase give-aways to be handed out when visiting the community college campuses.
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Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011
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