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Transfer Summit

Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Business and Conference Center

Friday, February 1, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Transfer Summit is a way for high school counselors, admission staff members at both community colleges and four-year institutions as well as academic advisors/transfer coordinators at community colleges to connect and talk about hot topics regarding transfer students. Presentations will include information regarding articulation agreements, special admissions programs, and information on how to best counsel a student about the transfer process.

2019 Summit Agenda

Transfer Summit 2019 Program PDF


8:15-9:00 am

Check-in and breakfast in the Lobby.


9:00-9:20 am


Session 1

Participants can choose from the following sessions between 9:30-10:20 am:

  • The Transfer Student Communication Flow – How to begin? And what not to forget! — This session is dedicated to starting and finalizing a transfer student specific marketing, communication flow. The discussion will address ideas of phone calls vs. text, and emails vs. physical mail. The presentation will offer helpful tips to capture the transfer audience and encourage responses. Time will be held for a brief Q&A and brainstorming session between the counselors who attend. Every institution has a different transfer process, this session offers a way to directly deliver (outside of the website) that info. in a respectful, effective manner.
  • Transforming Transfer: Shifting the Mindset of a Community College — In this session, participants will learn about how community colleges transform their campus through the spirit of collaboration. Be informed about the services and programming in place to increase retention and transfer rates.
  • Meeting Changing Student Trends at a Community College — As concern about finances, change in student demographics and even questions about the importance of higher education get brought up every day, community colleges are on the forefront of dealing with these issues at our own institutions. See how four community colleges are responding and addressing these issues.

Session 2

Participants can choose from the following sessions between 10:30-11:20 am:

  • Navigating Transferology and TES — Did you know TES contains over 100 Million course descriptions and information from more than 100,000 catalogs? TES is also fully integrated with Transferology – Illinois’ statewide transfer advising tool. Come learn how these two resources can help you build, maintain and publish equivalencies; smooth the transfer process for your prospective students; and increase your transfer enrollment.
  • Establishing Effective Transfer Workshops: Promoting Associate Degree Completion to Facilitate a Successful Transfer — How is your institution communicating 4-year college major curriculum, articulation agreements, and scholarship opportunities to students, faculty, and staff at the 2-year partnership institution? Join the dually funded Passport Office in exploring how to develop, promote, and execute academic and general transfer workshops in collaboration with advising staff at the 2-year institution to promote completion of articulation agreements before transferring.
  • Community College?!…You’re too (fill in the blank) for Community College! — This session is geared towards new high school counselors and higher ed professionals looking to grow relationships with their partner high schools and community colleges. As Admissions Representatives in a diverse district, we often have counselors and parents telling us which students they work with are “”community college”” students. Who is a community college bound high school student? Join us for a discussion on the resources community college can offer high school students, strategies for building strong partnerships with high school and college stakeholders, and debunk common misconceptions about the scope of service at community colleges.
  • Best practices in creating transfer-friendly campuses — Representatives from a 2-year and 4-year institution will share ways to create a transfer-friendly campus. Topics include how to facilitate college-wide awareness of transfer student needs, reaching student groups, organizing transfer spirit days, and offering relevant transfer resources at the 2-year institution, and how 4-year institutions welcome, serve and value transfer students through various resources, programs and outreach initiatives. Come prepared to share your ideas.


Lunch will be served from 11:30 am-12:30 pm with a presentation from 11:45 am-12:15 pm.

Session 3

Participants can choose from the following sessions between 12:40-1:30 pm:

  • Shaking Things Up for Transfer Success — Cultivating a transfer-friendly climate has become a priority across the nation. Join Columbia College Chicago and SIUE in a lively discussion of what we have done on our campuses to build critical partnerships both on- and off-campus. Columbia has reviewed its entire curriculum, created transfer plans, and invested in their transfer admissions team. SIUE has implemented exciting changes to their staffing, admissions process, and program. We know that your institution has made changes too: Join us to share your exciting initiatives!
  • Seamless Transfer Pathway in Business — Township High School District 211, Harper College and Northern Illinois University have partnered to offer high school students a simplified and focused pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Business degree. This unique opportunity enables students to earn an Associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree while reducing time to graduation and costs.
  • Reverse Transfers and College Readiness — Much of our focus in secondary education is on college readiness. But often, we only focus on college admission rates for our high school seniors as a signal of our ability to create college ready students. This session will focus on data and insights collected from students that are not persistent at their 4 year college or university. What happened and what do they wish we knew?

IACAC Members: $40
Non-Members: $50

Lunch is included. ISBE PD hours will be available.

Registration deadline extended: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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