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Who are Your Transfer Students? Reshaping the Definition of Today’s Transfer Students. Cathy Kennemer, Ph.D. Cheryl Hakel, B.S. Ron Knight, M.A. Oklahoma State University - Tulsa. Without properly defining YOUR transfer student, you cannot effectively create a strategy to retain them.

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who are your transfer students reshaping the definition of today s transfer students

Who are Your Transfer Students? Reshaping the Definition of Today’s Transfer Students

Cathy Kennemer, Ph.D.

Cheryl Hakel, B.S.

Ron Knight, M.A.

Oklahoma State University - Tulsa

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Without properly defining YOUR transfer student, you cannot effectively create a strategy to retain them.

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oklahoma state university tulsa
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa
  • Branch campus located 70 miles from main campus
  • Urban commuter campus located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Offer junior/senior level undergraduate courses; master’s/doctoral level programs
who are our transfer students
Who are our transfer students?
  • Approximately 75% of undergraduate student population are transfer students
  • Over half of OSU-T transfer students transfer from Tulsa Community College
  • 75.8% of transfer students come from Tulsa County
  • Working adults Working traditional –age transfer students living at home
  • Ethnically diverse (African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Native American, Hispanic, International)
historical definition
Historical Definition

Traditional undergraduate student n.– “The traditional undergraduate student in years past has been defined as one who enrolls in college full-time immediately after finishing high school, is supported financially by his/her parents and works few hours, if at all.”--National Center for Education Statistics 2005

“However if we use this definition today, traditional students make up only 27% of the college student population.” –Dr. Susan Weir 2008

transfer student categories
Transfer Student Categories
  • Traditional/Residential
  • Traditional/Commuter
  • Non-traditional/Residential
  • Non-traditional/Commuter
category characteristics
Category Characteristics

Traditional/Residential

  • Under 25 years old
  • Lives in same city of residential campus
  • Typically Single
  • No Dependents
  • No employment or Part-time
  • Full-time enrollment

Traditional/Commuter

  • Under 25 years old
  • Lives outside city of residential campus
  • Attend a campus with no Residential Housing
  • Typically Single
  • No Dependents
  • No employment or Part-time
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Prefer tight schedules to fit commute
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Category Characteristics

Non-traditional/Residential

  • Older than 25 years
  • Lives in same city of residential campus
  • Married
  • Dependents
  • Full-time employment increases
  • Part-time enrollment

Non-traditional/Commuter

  • Older than 25 years
  • Lives outside city limits of residential campus
  • Married
  • Dependents
  • Full-time employment increases
  • Part-time enrollment
  • Prefer tight schedules to fit commute
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Who are your transfer students?

“Thinking Outside of the box is difficult for some people. Keep trying!”

retention barriers
Retention Barriers

Traditional/Residential

  • Inability to assimilate to campus culture
  • Unrealistic Expectations of Higher Ed
  • Lack of goal preparedness
  • Family pressure to attend college
  • First Generation college student
  • Poor Time Management
  • Homesickness

Traditional/Commuter

  • Lack of on campus engagement
  • Unaware of campus services
  • Unrealistic Expectations of Higher Ed
  • Lack of goal preparedness
  • Family pressure to attend college
  • First Generation college student
  • Poor Time Management
  • Economic Constraints

What do you experience on your campuses?

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Retention Barriers

Non-traditional/Residential

  • Lack of Support (emotional and financial)
  • Time Management
  • Difficulty planning educational goals
  • Work and Family schedules VS. School schedule
  • Schedule of classes (ie: day/night programs)
  • Institution Requirements (ie: Internships and Teaching Practicums)
  • Fewer Scholarship Opportunities

Non-traditional/Commuter

  • Lack of Support (emotional and financial)
  • Time Management
  • Difficulty planning educational goals
  • Work and Family schedules VS. School schedule
  • Schedule of classes (ie: day/night programs)
  • Institution Requirements (ie: Internships)
  • Lack of on campus engagement
  • Unaware of campus services
  • Economic Constraints
  • Fewer Scholarship Opportunities
retention strategies
Retention Strategies

Traditional/Residential

  • Living Learning Communities by major
  • Campus Organizations
  • Mandatory Academic Advising
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Peer Mentors
  • Orientations
    • General University Orientations
    • Program Specific Orientations (degree requirement)

Traditional/Commuter

  • Online Learning Communities
  • Hybrid Courses
  • Mandatory Academic Advising
  • Interactive online chat with Peer Mentor
  • Marketing Banners (ie: MySpace, Facebook)
  • School Operated Mass Transit system
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Retention Strategies

Non-traditional/Residential

  • Timeline goals
  • Mandatory Academic Advising
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Workshops
    • Financial
    • Orientation
  • Career Services

Non-traditional/Commuter

  • Timeline goals
  • Mandatory Academic Advising
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Workshops
    • Financial
    • Online Orientation
  • Career Services
  • Industrial Mentor Programs
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