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The sixth annual Transfer Summit is a way for high school counselors, admission counselors, academic advisors, and transfer coordinators at both community colleges and four-year institutions to connect and talk about hot topics regarding transfer students. Join us virtually over a two day experience.

Dates & Times

The Transfer Summit will start on Thursday, February 18 at 1:00 pm and run until 5:00 pm.

Sessions will resume on Friday, February 19 at 9:00 am and the Summit will fully conclude by noon.


Registration for this year’s Summit is open. Please submit a general Transfer Summit registration form. Once you do, the individual session registration links will be sent to you via email. In order to attend the sessions, you must then register for each session individually.

Members only priority registration: 1/4-1/11

Regular registration opens 1/11.

We are thrilled to be able to offer the 2021 Summit FREE for all attendees.



Session information can be found below. Participants will need to register for each session they’d like to attend individually. Some times have one option for all attendees and other times have options to choose from. All sessions will be recorded and made available following the Summit conclusion. ISBE PD hours will be available for school counselors that attend sessions live and upon verification of attendance.

The most up to date version of Zoom is recommended for an optimal experience.

Thursday, February 18th

1:00 pm
Welcome & Keynote: Leveraging the Hidden Power Behind the Journey
Presenter: Julian Parrott, University of Illinois System Offices

2:00 pm (choose one)
Supporting Undocumented Students in Accessing and Succeeding in College
Presenter: Candy Marshall, TheDream.US
Undocumented students often start their college journey in community college with the intent of transferring to a 4-YR university to complete their bachelor’s degree. They often face barriers in doing so – including the lack of financial aid and needed supports. We will share information about TheDream.US Scholarship and how to support DREAMers in completing their college education.

The Power of I – Except When Working with Your Transfer Team
Presenters:  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Transfer Team
Meet the Transfer Team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which consists of both Operational staff and Recruiters. This panel will address both how the foundational structure and the united goals have emerged throughout time and has proven to be successful with both daily tasks and overarching transfer strategies.

3:00 pm (choose one)
A Non-Profit Approach to Transfer Supports
Presenters: Bridget Drury, Chicago Scholars and Amira Shotwell, Chicago Scholars
Chicago Scholars is a 7-year college access, success, and leadership program for first-generation, low income students. Hear how they implement college success supports for their transfer students, from peer mentoring, wellness resources, and financial literacy. Learn how you can engage and partner with CBOs to support your transfer students.

Using Alumni to Engage Prospective and Current Students
Presenters: Aseret Loveland, Illinois Valley Community College and Matthew Klein, IVCC alumnus
In this session, presenters will discuss effective ways to engage prospective and current students. This year, Illinois Valley Community College invited alumni to discuss their experiences, from college preparation in high school through community college and ultimately to their four-year university. One topic that drew significant interest was transfer planning. Presenters will share how to implement a conversational video series with alumni that includes strategy, creative production, and digital deployment.

4:00 pm
Social/Networking Session

Friday, February 19th

9:00 am
IBHE Transfer Student Metrics
Presenter: Eric Lichtenberger, IBHE
The academic outcomes of transfer students are often ignored within traditional national and state reporting systems (e.g., IPEDS). IBHE will share recently developed retention and class advancement metrics specific to new transfer students at four-year institutions in the state. The presentation will also highlight the transfer-specific outcomes of traditionally underserved groups (e.g., students of color and low-income students).

10:00 am (choose one)
It’s Not Too Early To Think About Transferring
Presenters: Nick DeFalco, North Central College; Samantha Meranda, Illinois State University; Ashley Jarrell, College of DuPage
Whether your students are thinking about earning college credit in high school or attending a community college after high school, they likely have a lot of questions about the transfer process! How does dual credit work? Is it difficult to transfer from one college to another? Why choose to start at a community college versus a four-year institution? In this session, we will discuss these types of questions while also addressing some of the common misconceptions about transferring.

Supporting Transfer Students through Dual Degrees and Beyond
Presenter:  Jessica Specht, Governors State University
Governors State University has committed to two innovative programs to provide students with wraparound services for a seamless transfer experience. The Dual Degree Program and Center for the Junior Year work together to break down institutional barriers, and bring academic and student affairs together to ensure the necessary support to persist and graduate with a bachelor’s degree, and beyond!

11:00 am
Birds of a Feather: 2 yr; 4 yr; High School Counselors; CBO/Other Breakout Session and Closing Remarks


Contact the Transfer Advisory Committee.

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