Navigating the Transfer Road

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A presentation by UCR School of Business Administration (SoBA) academic advisors Lisa Miller, Lata Patel, and Allan Taing on how to make orientation meaningful for transfer students.

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  • UC Riverside is one of the 10 campuses in the University of California systemResearch universityLocated in Inland Southern CaliforniaUndergraduate Student Population: 18,242Diverse student populationEthnic US News ranks UCR fourth most ethnically diverse research universitySocioeconomicUCR enrolls, on a percentage basis, the most number of need-based Federal Pell Grant students among the USNWR top-100 universitiesMore than half of UCR students are the first in their family to attend college
  • Selecting majorLargest undergraduate business program in the UC systemMost popular major at UCRTwo-year programTransfer Students make up half of our caseload
  • One-day orientationMultiple challengesArticulation/registration Three hour group advising blockGetting students connected to UCRKeeping students engagedDefining learning objectives
  • Recent research and trends:“Vertical” transfer students lag behind “native” students in terms of student engagementInstitutional support positively effects academic achievement
  • We have looked at the history of transfer orientation on our campus. How do we improve orientation and address the challenges of engaging the transfer students. We decided to look at UCR’s School of Business Administration Mission statement and Vision of the school.
  • Three areas of focus -
  • Involvement on campus leads to greater success.
  • Navigating the Transfer Road

    1. 1. Navigating the Transfer Road:<br />How One Business School Set Students on the Path to Successful Transition<br />Presented By <br />Lisa Miller<br />Lata Patel<br />Allan Taing<br />University of California, Riverside<br />School of Business Administration<br />Undergraduate Business Programs<br />
    2. 2. UCR at a Glance<br /><ul><li>University of California, Riverside
    3. 3. Research university located in Inland Southern California
    4. 4. Ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population of 18,242 undergraduates</li></li></ul><li>SoBA<br /><ul><li>The School of Business Administration
    5. 5. Largest undergraduate business program in the UC system
    6. 6. AACSB Accredited
    7. 7. Transfer Students make up half of our caseload</li></li></ul><li>Transfer Orientation<br /><ul><li>Multiple challenges
    8. 8. One-day orientation
    9. 9. Three-hour group-advising block
    10. 10. Defining learning objectives</li></li></ul><li>Transfer Students in Context<br /><ul><li>Transfer demand increasing, nationwide
    11. 11. 26% increase UC systemwide from 2009-2011, 81%increase for UCR in same timeframe
    12. 12. Lag behind “natives” in student engagement
    13. 13. 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement</li></li></ul><li>Theoretical Frameworks<br /><ul><li>1. Developmental
    14. 14. Developmental model for advising (Creamer & Creamer, 1994)
    15. 15. 2. Transitional
    16. 16. Transfer Shock (Cantrell et al, 1996)
    17. 17. Transfer Phases (Gernand, 1992)</li></li></ul><li>SoBA’s Mission Statement<br />Our mission is to: <br /><ul><li>Develop diverse leaders
    18. 18. Propel research-based innovation
    19. 19. Promote the sustainable growth of Inland Southern California within the global economy. </li></li></ul><li>The Vision<br />Develop world-class leaders and scholars who are as diverse as the challenges they face <br />and the enterprises they grow. <br />SoBA is about personal growth; <br />it is a place where you learn to be a manager and a leader, a contributor to business, and a contributor to community and society.<br />
    20. 20. Inside vs. Outside of the Classroom<br /><ul><li> How do transfer student’s hit the ground running?
    21. 21. How do they set themselves apart from everyone else?
    22. 22. How do you enhance student participation and retention?</li></li></ul><li>Career and Internships<br /><ul><li>Campus Career Center is your best friend
    23. 23. Internships</li></ul>78% of employers state internship experience is important<br /><ul><li> Networking, networking and networking</li></li></ul><li>Student Organizations<br /><ul><li> Involvement inover 300 groups on campus
    24. 24. Develops Leadership skills
    25. 25. Creates a connection to UCR</li></li></ul><li>Education Abroad Program (EAP)<br /><ul><li>Contributes to a student’s global knowledge
    26. 26. Fosters an understanding of other cultures
    27. 27. Essential for today’s emerging Business leaders </li></li></ul><li>Where Should We Start<br /><ul><li> Focus groups with past transfer students
    28. 28. Set Learning Objectives
    29. 29. Decide on a format
    30. 30. Partner with Admissions to create a workable timeframe</li></li></ul><li>What Did We Want Students To Learn at Orientation?<br /><ul><li> Understanding of the “Nuts and Bolts” of the Business Program
    31. 31. Awareness of the learning opportunities outside of the classroom
    32. 32. Familiarization with the course availability for the upcoming quarter and strategies for course selection
    33. 33. Opportunity to meet with advisors, current students and fellow transfers</li></li></ul><li>TheFormat<br /><ul><li> Five Individual Sessions 25-30 minutes each
    34. 34. Our three key experience held as concurrent session
    35. 35. Students attend all session by moving to the next scheduled room
    36. 36. To encourage students to mingle, separated into different groups
    37. 37. Activity geared towards session to break the ice
    38. 38. Prizes awarded to students for each activity</li></li></ul><li>World Trivia Quiz<br />
    39. 39. Measuring our Success<br />Students Submitted Surveys at the end of each session<br />But let’s hear from the students themselves …….<br />
    40. 40. Was it what you expected?<br />
    41. 41. How did this help you transition?<br />
    42. 42. Did you walk away with some new goals?<br />
    43. 43. What did students who didn’t attend miss?<br />
    44. 44. And one final thought<br />
    45. 45. Things to Consider<br />Identify key concepts you want students to learn<br />Consider formats that break up the information and keep students engaged<br />Incorporate group activities that require people to interact with each other<br />Utilize current transfer students to build connection<br />What are some things you do on your campus to facilitate transfer orientation?<br />
    46. 46. Questions ???<br />Contact Information<br />Lisa Miller – lisa.miller@ucr.edu<br />Allan Taing – allan.taing@ucr.edu<br />Lata Patel – lata.patel@ucr.edu<br />Thank You for Coming!!<br />

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