2002 NISTS is founded by Bonita C. Jacobs at the University of North Texas in response to a lack of professional development opportunities and research literature focused specifically on higher education transfer students.
2003 Inaugural NISTS conference is held on the campus of UNT with 300 attendees from over 30 higher education institutions and 32 states in attendance. Attendees encompass a variety of campus functional areas including advising, orientation, first year programs, admissions, registrar, financial aid, learning support, institutional research, and student affairs preparation programs.
2004 NISTS annual conference moves to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, where it remains for ten of the next eleven years.
2006 NISTS awards its first grant to support transfer-related research and adds a second grant the following year.
2007 NISTS establishes the Association for the Study of Transfer Students (ASTS), a professional organization dedicated to promoting transfer student success, advancing transfer research, and facilitating partnerships to enhance transfer.
2008 NISTS adds a topical conference to its annual professional development opportunities, which addresses special issues and/or unique transfer populations.
2009 NISTS creates the curriculum for and hosts the Texas Transfer Success Conference, a one-day event held simultaneously at eight regional sites across the state of Texas. Grant funding for the conference was provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
In conjunction with the Texas Transfer Success Conference, NISTS coordinates the Successful Transfer Enhancement Program (STEP) Awards to reward promising institutional practices in an array of transfer-related service areas.
NISTS is awarded its first research grant by TG Public Benefits Program to explore transfer policies. “The Efficacy of Transfer Policies and Programs in the State of Texas” is led by co-primary investigators Dr. Marc Cutright, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, Dr. Amy Fann, and Dr. Beverly Bower.
2010 NISTS presents its first Barbara K. Townsend Dissertation of the Year Award at the annual conference, which becomes an annual organizational award.
2011 NISTS hosts two STEM conferences (2011, 2012) and creates a permanent track and pre-conference workshop offerings at the annual conference. In July, Janet L. Marling is named as the second executive director of NISTS.
NISTS is awarded its second research grant by TG Benefits Program. The project, titled “American Indian and Alaska Native Community College Student Success and Transfer: Exploring Promising Practices of Tribal Colleges and Native American Serving Institutions,” is led by Dr. Amy Fann, with Dr. Janet Marling, Dr. Beverly Bower, and Dr. Marc Cutright serving as co-investigators on the grant.
2012 NISTS celebrates its 10th anniversary conference in January and honors its founder, Bonita C. Jacobs, by bestowing upon her the title of NISTS Fellow. Also honored is Lee Colquitt, founder of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, for his commitment to NISTS and attendance at all ten annual conferences.
Dr. Janet Marling and Dr. Jan Hillman serve as content experts for the development of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Standards for Transfer Student Programs and Services.
In August, NISTS relocates to North Georgia College and State University, which is renamed the University of North Georgia in January 2013.
In September, NISTS hosts a symposium focused on American Indian/Native Alaskan Student Success as part of the TG Philanthropy research project. NISTS also partners with the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association (NYSTA) to organize and host the New York Transfer Summit.
2013 Members of the NISTS Advisory Board and others contribute to a New Directions for Higher Education volume titled Collegiate Transfer: Navigating the New Normal (2013, July), which is edited by Janet L. Marling.
2014 NISTS moves annual conference to Atlanta, GA and sets conference record with more than 325 attendees.