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Transfer Symposium: A Conversation About Transfer Student Success

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (12:00-4:00 p.m.)
Where: Panhellenic Building


The Office of the Provost invites members of the campus community to the University of Tennessee’s inaugural Transfer Symposium. The Symposium aims to raise awareness about transfer students and the issues they face, helping faculty and staff better understand the students with whom they work. Because of the state’s free community college program, we anticipate growth in our transfer population as early as the fall 2017 semester. With this in mind, it is important that we come together as a campus to start the discussions on how we can best help transfer students succeed.



12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lunch and Check-In

Multipurpose Room, Panhellenic Building Room 106


1:00 -1:20 PM
Transfer Students: Why they matter at The University of Tennessee

Multipurpose Room, Panhellenic Building Room 106

Monique Anderson, Associate Dean and University Registrar, Chair of the University of Tennessee Transfer Taskforce


1:20  -2:00 PM   

Today’s Transfer Students
Multipurpose Room, Panhellenic Building Room 106

Jane Rex, Director, Office of Transfer Student Service, Appalachian State University


2:00 – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
(Choose one to attend.)


Transfer Academics & Instruction
Panhellenic Building Room 201

This session will review what we know about transfer students’ academic success.  Topics for discussion include the role of Transfer Pathways, collaborations with two-year institutions to assess course equivalencies, and academic challenges faced by transfer students.

R.J. Hinde, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs


The Volunteer Experience: Opportunities for Transfer Students
Panhellenic Building Room 202

Engaging transfer students in co-curricular experiences is essential to their integration into the campus community. Come hear what the Division of Student Life is currently doing to enhance student success and learn about opportunities for collaboration.

Division of Student Life


3:00 – 3:30 PM
Transfer Student Panel
Multipurpose Room, Panhellenic Building Room 106


3:30 – 4:00 PM
Closing Thoughts and Next Steps
Multipurpose Room, Panhellenic Building Room 106

Monique Anderson, Associate Dean and University Registrar, Chair of the University of Tennessee Transfer Taskforce


Keynote Speaker

Jane Rex, Director of the Office of Transfer Services, Appalachian State University

Jane Rex is a 23 year veteran of the North Carolina Community College System serving in a variety of capacities in Student Services and is currently the Director of the Office of Transfer Services at Appalachian State University.  The office was established in 2010 to address the needs of transfer students particularly as it relates to the seamless transfer of credit.  Under her leadership the office has grown in staff and resources that fully support transfer student needs from the admissions process through graduation.   She has been instrumental in creating many transfer initiatives such as a transition and student mentor program, articulation agreements, transfer orientation redesign, and has collaborated across campus to create policies, procedures, and programming that support seamless transfer and student success.

Statewide, she has served as chair of the ACT Advisory Council, a member of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement implementation leadership team and was selected to serve on a statewide military credit workgroup to develop a plan that will ensure that college credits are uniformly granted to students with military training.   Jane currently serves as an executive board member for the North Carolina College Transfer Program Association, and an advisory board member to the State Reverse Transfer program.

Jane regularly presents at state, regional, and national professional association conferences and was the keynote international speaker at the Ontario Council of Articulation & Transfer Spring 2015 Student Pathways in Higher Education Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Jane was the 2013-2014 recipient of the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion Award presented at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The Bonita C. Jacobs award is given in recognition of an individual or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional advocacy and leadership in the development and implementation of transfer-focused activities (e.g., programs, policies, research) which have made a significant contribution to the improvement of transfer student access, persistence, and success.