NACADA Web Event

Build Your Advising Toolkit to Support Transfer Students (DW106)

Online Webinar Presentation
Thursday, December 16, 2021 
1pm Central Time (time zone converter)

NACADA members register by Tuesday, November 16, 2021 to receive Early Bird Discount
Registration deadline: midnight Central Time on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Webinar Overview

According to a 2018 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 38 percent of students transferred within the first six years of higher education and almost two in five enrolled in more than one institution before earning a bachelor's degree. The complexity of this student enrollment compels advisors to better understand the experiences of the transfer students who will likely be part of their advising caseload. In this NACADA Advising Community on Transfer Students sponsored webinar, current AC Chair Jennifer Brown and Past AC Chair Karen Archambault will provide a "Transfer 101" orientation for advisors, focusing on the experience of transfer students beyond credits alone and including the logistical needs of transfer students, the academic experience, and the psycho-social strengths and challenges that these students experience.  

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation:

C4: Academic advising approaches and strategies specific to transfer students 
I3: How policies, procedures, rules, and regulations regarding transfer students may support or impede their success
I5: The characteristics, needs, and experiences of transfer students 
R3: Communicating to students in a manner that is inclusive of the transfer experience 
R4: Supporting the development of successful advising interactions with transfer students. 


Karen Archambault, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Success, Rowan College at Burlington County

Karen L. Archambault has served students in a variety of higher education institutions for more than two decades, currently serving as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success at Rowan College at Burlington County. Since her first position as a Transfer Admissions Counselor, Karen has been passionate about the experience of transfer students and has focused much of her research and writing around this topic, as author of chapters in several publications about the experiences of transfer students. She is the 2012 recipient of the Barbara K. Townsend Dissertation Award from the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students for her dissertation on the experiences of transfer students and served as the Chair of the Advising Transfer Student Knowledge Community of NACADA (now the Advising Community on Transfer Students). Karen is also the 2020 recipient of NACADA's Leading Light award,  awarded in recognition of significant contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion within the association. Karen earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Rowan University with a focus on Community College Leadership.

Jennifer Brown, Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Windward Community College 

Jennifer Brown has worked in advising roles for over 19 years at both public and private institutions. She is currently serving as interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Windward Community College. While always a transfer advocate she has spent 7.5 years as a transfer specialist for the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa embedded at Kapi'olani Community College. Jennifer served as Chair of the Mānoa Transfer Coordination Center (2014-2021) and implemented and advised for the Ka‘ie‘ie Degree Pathway Program, a dual admission, dual enrollment program for UH Mānoa and the University of Hawai‘i Community College system. She is the current chair for the Advising Community on Transfer Students and won the Transfer Champion Rising Star Award from the National Institute on the Study of Transfer Students in 2020.  She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Higher Education.  


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