Engaging Community College Transfer Students week 8

As an academic advisor, I work with a lot of community college transfer students and am often their first point of contact on this campus. Many times, I get comments at the end of advising appointments that are something along the lines of, "this was much more helpful than advising at my previous college!" While I am happy to be of assistance to these students, it is frustrating that many of them did not get adequate preparation before coming to a four-year institution. It is so painful when I have to tell a student that certain courses did not transfer or that they were mis-advised and need to take more than they were originally anticipating.

After doing the readings for this week, I believe most of the preparation to transfer must occur in high schools and community colleges so students are prepared ahead of time with pertinent information. However, I am happy that my institution requires advising through my office at least once upon attending. An issue I foresee for a lot of transfer students is if they go directly to faculty advising. I find this to be inconsistent at my university because faculty members are not always kept apprised of the various resources for students, especially if it is outside their own department. That is why the academic advising office I work for requires a meeting with a general advisor before a student is allowed to go to their faculty member, even if they have already declared a major. This way, I am able to teach a student the resources they need to navigate their new institution.

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