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Enhancing Student Leadership: Transfer Council’s Innovative Programming Model for Transfer Student Success. Presented by: Scott Fogleman Haley Hamam. Meet the Presenters. Scott Fogleman Director of Transfer Council Senior, B.S. Marketing Haley Hamam Associate Director of Transfer Council

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Enhancing Student Leadership: Transfer Council’s Innovative Programming Model for Transfer Student Success

Presented by:

Scott Fogleman

Haley Hamam

meet the presenters
Meet the Presenters
  • Scott Fogleman
    • Director of Transfer Council
    • Senior, B.S. Marketing
  • Haley Hamam
    • Associate Director of Transfer Council
    • Junior, B.A. Political Science
today s program
Today’s Program

Clemson University

  • Background
  • Numbers
  • Transfer Population
  • Undergraduate Student Government
    • An Overview and Our Role
  • Transfer Council
    • Our Structure: Then and Now
    • Supporting Academics
    • Accomplishments
  • Implementation on Your Campus
  • Questions and Comments
clemson university a brief history
Clemson University: A Brief History
  • Land-grant institution founded in 1889 through the will of Thomas Green Clemson
  • Clemson offers over 300 organizations for students
  • Our core values are:
    • honestly
    • integrity
    • respect
  • Clemson believes in academic excellence and providing student’s with a social atmosphere conducive to higher learning
clemson our town
Clemson: Our Town
  • Clemson University is located in the upstate of South Carolina at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the shores of Lake Hartwell
  • Clemson is set in a small college town that attracts students looking for a strong sense of community, school spirit and a love of winning – in academics, in athletics, and in life
clemson by the numbers
Clemson by the Numbers
  • Freshman-Sophomore Retention Rate: 90.5%
  • Transfer Student Retention Rate: 85.8%
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
  • Number of transfer students enrolled in Fall 2009: 970
  • Top Ranking in “Clemson Town-Gown Relations” by 2010 Princeton Review
  • 1st rated Best Value in Public Universities in South Carolina by Kiplinger’s magazine in 2009
  • 2nd ranking “our happiest students” by 2010 Princeton Review
  • 3rd ranking our career services by 2010 Princeton Review
  • Ranked 22nd by US News and World Report
  • Ranked 27th by Business Week
our transfer population
Our Transfer Population
  • Transfer students represent approximately 30% of new students each academic year
  • Bridge to Clemson Program
  • In-state and Out-of-state four-year institutions
  • Technical colleges
why create a transfer council
Why Create a Transfer Council?
  • To provide new transfer students an outlet through student government to voice concerns and opinions
  • Need for a specialized Council with transfer experience to relate to new students
  • To provide specific programming to support the academic needs unique to transfer students
cusg transfer council the development and first year
CUSG Transfer CouncilThe development and first year
  • Presented a proposal to Senate to create a Transfer Council that was modeled after the successful Freshman Council.
  • The Need for This Council
    • No student government representation for transfer students
    • Transfer SHOCK (example: GPA decline first semester of college)
    • Previous new student programs catered to freshmen, ignoring the unique needs of transfer students
  • The Mission of This Council
    • Streamline credit evaluation process
    • Provide monthly newsletters to students
    • Supplement Orientation Ambassadors with council members
    • Develop and implement new transfer student activities
  • Short and long term goals for the Council
    • Implement an effective mentoring program
    • Have a positive effect on retention rates
    • To facilitate a better social environment
    • To inspire and influence other universities to give transfer students the representative voice they need and deserve
cusg transfer council
CUSG Transfer Council
  • 30 members, each assigned a position
  • Subcommittees targeted a specific area:
    • Academic Affairs, First Week, Orientation, Communication, Activities, and Mentoring
  • Subcommittees limited member’s abilities and strengths

Previous Structure Improved Structure

  • Size reduced to 25 members
  • Subcommittees revamped to be cross-functional
  • Strict attendance policy
  • Members given increased responsibilities
  • Progress has been faster and members are happier
accomplishments
Accomplishments
  • Voice for transfers on Clemson’s campus
  • Two new credit evaluators hired
  • Held numerous events, both social and academic
  • Created Transfers to Tigers Mentoring Program
  • Mission: Transition, part of extended orientation
  • Increased roles and responsibilities at transfer orientations
  • Collaborated successfully with University Housing to relocate “Tiger Den” to core campus
mission transition
Mission: Transition
  • Mission: Transition--January 2010
  • Unique program that connects new students with key resources and services at Clemson
  • Only academic program that is student-led
    • Council members are the program facilitators
  • Creates more interaction between students
  • Transfers to Tigers is introduced to students
transfers to tigers
Transfers to Tigers
  • Developed over the past three years
  • First active year: Fall 2009
  • Approximately 350 Fall 2009 mentees
  • Approximately 140 Spring 2010 mentees
  • Relaxed, unique approach
  • “See what you’re missin’ from your Clemson transition!”
tiger den and tdab
Tiger Den and “TDAB”
  • Transfer Council and University Housing working relationship
  • On-campus transfer community
  • Additional opportunity for student leadership
  • Direct source for student input to University Housing
campus impact
Campus Impact
  • Volunteered for Admission’s Phone-A-Thon
  • Only student organization supporting ePortfolio requirement
  • Welcome Leaders, Orientation Ambassadors, and “small-group” leaders
  • Supports other student organization events
  • Philanthropy involvement
our future goals
Our Future Goals
  • Continue building relationships with faculty, staff, and administration
  • Play a larger role in transfer student orientation
  • Continue promotion of our programs on a national level
  • Explore and create additional opportunities for transfer student involvement on our campus
our challenge to you
Our Challenge To You
  • Bring this idea back to students on your campus
  • Encourage your transfer students to become more involved on campus, more proactive with the decisions that directly effect them
  • Empower transfer students to feel that they are part of your University’s family from their first day on campus
  • Need help getting started? E-mail us!!