Conference Highlights

Reception and Poster Presentations

Join fellow conference attendees for heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while enjoying an informative evening of networking and poster presentations

Plenary Session – Author’s Panel

Collegiate Transfer: Navigating the New Normal – Authors’ Panel
Facilitator, Janet L. Marling
Executive Director, NISTS

Although students have been moving between institutions and attempting to import course credit for many years, current data show that transfer is becoming an increasingly common approach to higher education. Explore this new normal with a panel of the contributing authors to the 162nd volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education report New Directions for Higher Education.

Transfer Champions Luncheon

Join NISTS in honoring recipients of the 2014 Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champions Award. The award is given in recognition of an individual or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional advocacy and leadership in the development and implementation of transfer-focused activities which have made a significant contribution to the improvement of transfer student access, persistence, and success.

Listening to their Voices: Transfer Student Panel

Facilitator, Alfred Herrera
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships and Director, Center for Community College Partnerships
University of California, Los Angeles

Students are an invaluable asset, especially when given the opportunity to help shape an institution’s transfer culture. The panelists will share their impressions of the transfer experience and offer insight into their needs and concerns. These voices are sure to provide feedback that will be useful in program and policy design and delivery.

Focus on Transfer Research

The Attitudes and Motivations of College Transfer Students
Looking beyond transfer students’ test scores and grade point averages, researchers at Noel-Levitz examined a range of “non-cognitive” attitudes that influence students’ motivation, engagement, persistence, and college completion. The results are based on student survey responses from a sizable sample of transfer students enrolled at two- and four-year institutions from 2010-2012 and have implications for how we advise and program for this unique population.

Friday Breakfast Plenary Session

Creating Opportunities for Community College Transfer Student Success
Dr. Sanjay Rai, Vice President and Provost
Germantown Campus, Montgomery College (MD)

Dr. Sanjay Rai, vice president and provost of Montgomery College Germantown Campus, serves as the chief executive, academic and student services officer of the rapidly-growing campus that enrolls more than 7,000 students. He is an outspoken champion and ardent supporter of innovations that advance community college student success in academic, career, technical, and workforce development programs; and is a frequent speaker and participant in issues ranging from transfer student pathways and the role of community colleges to public/private and educational/industry partnerships. Dr. Rai has led the creation of new programs to meet the growing demand for cyber security, life science and science management professionals; and has successfully advocated for more than $2.5 million in federal grants over the past four years to support student success in science, engineering and mathematics fields, including the competitive S-STEM and FIPSE grants.

Prior to coming to Germantown, Dr. Rai was the dean of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SEM) at the Rockville Campus where he led advocacy efforts that resulted in full funding for the $74 million, 140,700 square-foot Rockville Science Center, in obtaining memoranda of understanding with Montgomery County Public Schools, and in building strong partnerships with Georgia Tech, George Washington University, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and more. Dr. Rai is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2009 and serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Montgomery, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, and the BlackRock Center for the Arts. Dr. Rai also served on the Montgomery County Commission for Women and on the Governor’s Taskforce on Aerospace Workers. Prior to his tenure at Montgomery College, Dr. Rai was chair of the Department of Mathematics at Jacksonville University, Florida, where he also was a tenured full professor, and was awarded the Science and Mathematics Professor of the Year Award and the Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Professional Growth.

Dr. Rai completed a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; an M.S. in mathematics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada; and an M.S. in mathematics and a B.S. in statistics, physics, and mathematics from the University of Allahabad in India. He has received several awards for teaching and scholarship and has authored numerous scholarly articles and other academic publications. Dr. Rai’s most recent book, Pathways to Real Analysis, was published in April 2009.

National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

University of North Georgia • The Moore House

82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597

National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

University of North Georgia • The Moore House

82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597

tel. (706) 864.1579 • fax (706) 867-2667