14 meetings down…countless more to go! Since I last wrote we have brought 12 more people onto the workgroup, including new areas such as Alumni Relations, College of Education, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Residence Education and Housing Services, Office of Financial Aid, Community Liaison, and Student Affairs. This expanded the work of one project committee to focus on cross-college policies and procedures that hinder students changing majors and adding a project committee focused on the experience transfer students have once they are on campus.
The workgroups and project committees are hard at work identifying the “current state” at MSU for transfer students and students who change major. This includes analyzing institutional data, speaking with students, talking with other institutions who have initiatives or programs we want to emulate, and looking at the literature to see what research has found. We hope to have some preliminary thoughts to share and receive your feedback on by April. We also will be reaching out to those of you in colleges with student advisor boards, or those who work with RSOs or other student groups that we could speak to in order to better understand the needs of these student populations and hear their ideas on how we can improve their campus experience.
A preliminary list of areas to explore includes:
- Spring Admits
- Late admissions
- Transfer credit policy
- MTA and paperwork
- Orientation format
- Transfer specific sessions and orientation
- Partnerships with community colleges
- Engagement on campus
- Welcome events
- Financial needs
- Cross college policies and procedures
- Disenrollment timeline
- Marathon of Majors
- Internships, field placements and experiential learning
- Clustering of majors
We look forward to continuing to share our progress with you each month!