The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education came out with a report titled “Bridging the Gaps to Success: Promising Practices for Promoting Transfer Among Low-Income and First-Generation Students”. The report highlights several Texas schools which is helpful for me since I work in San Antonio.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education,
The report found that the colleges shared three main characteristics: structured academic pathways that aptly prepare students to enroll at four-year colleges, a student-centered culture that emphasizes personal attention, and culturally sensitive leaders who understand the backgrounds of their students.
As a student affairs professional working at an institution that currently only accepts transfer students, I believe it is important to emphasize these characteristics. TAMU-SA is a predominately Latino/a, Female, & low-socioeconomic status population. I try my best to understand their culture & provide personalized attention to them.
With that said, I’m pretty sure that I was taught in grad school that these three characteristics are vital for any student to attain success. So, in a way, this report seems like common knowledge amongst student affairs professionals like myself. However, I don’t believe that we are always able to do this with limited resources (staffing, budgets, etc.).
I’d love to hear some thought on how others do this or don’t.