P95: Identifying the experiences of transfer students in STEM to support development of a transfer learning community

Author: Jennifer M. Duis, Northern Arizona University, USA

Co-Author: Sierra Rothlisberg, Nena Bloom and Pauline Entin, Northern Arizona University, USA

Date: 8/3/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAK B1114

Related Symposium: S14

A variety of reasons lead students to begin post-secondary education at a two-year college with the intent to transfer to a four-year college. However, university resources for student transition and orientation as well as scholarships are generally geared towards freshmen. Additionally, transfer students interested in STEM degrees may not complete key introductory coursework (such as pre-calculus and general chemistry) prior to transfer to a four-year institution, ultimately slowing their degree progress. As part of the development of a Learning Community to support transfer students in the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, current transfer students are being surveyed to better understand their transfer experience. Preliminary results will be presented and input from those familiar with this situation is welcomed. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1260138.