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Maximizing the Use of Your Transfer Student Organization. Brian Jicinsky and Kathy Jicinsky Miami University. Overview. Miami University specifics Formation and structure of Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO) MUSTO partnership with Office of Admission

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maximizing the use of your transfer student organization

Maximizing the Use of Your Transfer Student Organization

Brian Jicinsky and Kathy Jicinsky

Miami University

overview
Overview
  • Miami University specifics
  • Formation and structure of Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO)
  • MUSTO partnership with Office of Admission
  • MUSTO partnership with Office of New Student Programs
  • Q&A and discussion
roles at miami university
Roles at Miami University
  • Kathy
    • Assistant Director of New Student Programs
    • Advisor of Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO)
  • Brian
    • Interim Assistant Director of Admission
    • Transfer Coordinator
    • Advisor of Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO)
miami university specifics
Miami University Specifics
  • Located in Oxford, Ohio (resident population: 8,000)
  • Public university
    • 5 Campuses
  • Residential university with focus on teaching undergraduates
  • Student population is 16,884
    • Undergraduate students: 14,671
    • Graduate students: 2,213
  • Transfer student numbers for the 2009-2010 academic year: 400
miami university transfer student organization musto
Miami University Transfer Student Organization (MUSTO)
  • Student initiated and created
  • Goal: To help transfer students transition smoothly and find community at Miami University.
  • Current structure
    • 2 Co-Presidents
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Committees
    • 15-20 active members
    • 3 Advisors
musto benefits the campus community
MUSTO Benefits the Campus Community
  • Built in focus group to inform practice
    • Programmatic changes implemented as a result of members’ feedback, suggestions, and ideas
  • Cost effective resources
  • Peer to peer mentoring
  • Passionate about and dedicated to helping others
  • Power of the “student voice”
musto s partnership with admission marketing
MUSTO’s Partnership with Admission: Marketing
  • Website
  • Transfer student Facebook page
  • Transfer student viewbook
  • Transfer student online chats
  • Transfer student acceptance packet
  • Shift toward focusing on student stories and experiences rather than facts and statistics.
musto s partnership with admission transfer visit days
MUSTO’s Partnership with Admission: Transfer Visit Days
  • MUSTO members serve as Student Ambassadors:
    • Engage in conversation with students and families
    • Answer questions of students and families
    • Share information about experiences about life as a Miami student and the transition process
    • Connect with incoming transfer students on a personal, peer-to-peer level
partnership with new student programs orientation
Partnership with New Student Programs: Orientation
  • Orientation for transfer students
    • Not required
    • Day-and-a-half long program including information sharing, advising, and registration
    • Occurs the week before classes begin
  • Transfer Student Leaders throughout Orientation
    • Facilitate conversations about transfer student transitions
    • Answer questions about campus life, inside-the-classroom expectations and experiences, involvement, etc.
    • Serve on a student panel
    • Attend social events with transfer students
    • Coordinate additional activities for transfer students after Orientation concludes
partnership with new student programs edl 110 the university and the student
Partnership with New Student Programs:EDL 110: The University and the Student
  • Optional, 1-credit, credit/no credit, discussion based course.
  • Sections of the course specifically for transfer students.
  • MUSTO Member as Peer Facilitator
    • Share experiences
    • Lead class discussions
    • Attend outside-of-class events with students
    • Facilitate in-class activities
    • Serve as a resource
musto members experiences
MUSTO Members’ Experiences
  • Build community amongst members
  • Jumping off point for student involvement
  • Rewarding to work toward improving the transfer experience for future students
  • Active role creating Living Learning Community for transfer students
musto s future initiatives
MUSTO’s Future Initiatives
  • Living Learning Community programming for transfer students
  • Transfer Admission videos
  • “Buddies program” with new transfer students
  • Campus-wide programming
  • Community service outreach
  • Review of advising process for transfer students
discussion questions
Discussion Questions
  • If your institution has a transfer student organization, how do you utilize this group? What works at your institution?
  • If your institution does not have a transfer student organization, would a group like this be beneficial? In what ways?
  • What ideas and/or suggestions do you have about additional ways to utilize a transfer student organization?
  • What challenges exist when working with and utilizing a transfer student organization?
thank you

Thank you!

Contact Information:

Brian Jicinsky

brian.jicinsky@muohio.edu

513-529-2536

Kathy Jicinsky

jicinska@muohio.edu

513-529-1834