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TLU Nationally Recognized For Creating Dynamic Pathways to Engage Transfer Students

March 29, 2019

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Texas Lutheran University is just one of 78 colleges and universities nationwide named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2019 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways they have created to support transfer students. The Transfer Honor Roll recognizes excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development among four-year colleges and universities. Colleges were selected based on their Transfer Friendliness Rating, given to them based on the Transfer Profile they create and complete in PTKConnect.

PTK Connect is Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool that helps students find their best-fit colleges, career pathways, and more. It launched in the fall of 2018. Students can search for colleges by name, scholarship offerings, or cost, and they can use the Transfer Friendly ratings to help evaluate where they’d like to enroll.

Associate Director for Transfer and Graduate Admissions Elliott Powell has been instrumental in how the university recruits and connects with transfer students. 

"Elliott provides exceptional service to prospective transfer students and ensures that the enrollment process for each student is smooth and seamless," Alecia McCain, director of TLU Admissions said. "He takes the time to get to know and understand each student, their story and why TLU is the best fit, academically, socially and financially, for them. He has developed great connections with advisors at the community college campuses in our region and has helped TLU become a top institution where they refer their students to attend. Elliott is passionate about working with transfer students and innovative in finding new ways to connect students with TLU."

“PTK Connect and the Transfer Profile are one of a kind — no other resource specifically focuses on supporting transfer students and sharing data relevant exclusively to this population of students,” said Christin Grissom, Phi Theta Kappa’s Associate Vice President of Scholarship.

The Transfer Profile asks colleges questions about admissions practices, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices, and peer reviews. It is meant to reflect what the transfer student experience is like at their colleges, as well as the strategies colleges are taking to support and enroll transfer students. The profile immediately gives colleges a Transfer Friendliness Rating they can use to gauge how friendly their admissions and recruitment strategies are. The top 25 percent highest-rated colleges were named to the Transfer Honor Roll.

Through a new and unique partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse, colleges can have data from the Clearinghouse automatically populated into its Transfer Profile each year. Students can see some of this data on the colleges’ profiles, enabling them to gauge what the college does to support transfer students, see the number of transfer students enrolled at that college, and determine whether the school could be a good fit.

The Transfer Profile also serves as a resource colleges can use when evaluating their admissions and recruitment practices to create new strategies to better support the transfer student population.

“The Transfer Honor Roll reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of transfer students,” Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher- Ladner said. “We know community college transfer students perform as well as or better than non-transfer students at four-year colleges. It’s more important than ever before to highlight what these colleges are doing right to promote transfer success and to encourage others to follow suit.”

Article Written by TLU's Office of Marketing and Communications 

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