PREPARING, SUPPORTING, AND ADVISING 2YC/4YC TRANSFER STUDENTS
Personal interactions and encouragement from faculty are important for giving 2YC students confidence to consider their transfer options. Geoscience faculty at 2YCs can maximize support of transfer students by incorporating both fundamental geoscience skills and informal advising in their courses, using pedagogies of engagement, and offering various co-curricular opportunities. Once students have shown an interest in exploring transfer options, faculty can provide advice regarding 2YC degree completion and 4YC transfer requirements, explicitly talk about career opportunities and pathways, facilitate interactions with professional geoscientists, and encourage students to develop a proactive career plan.
Transfer to a new institution and adjustment to unfamiliar academic and social cultures can be stressful, and intentional action on the part of faculty can lessen “transfer shock”. Personal connections with 4YC students and faculty can smooth the transition and provide opportunities to build 2YC students’ networks. Initiating joint GeoClub activities and visits to local 4YCs, providing students with relevant information and contacts, facilitating social interactions between 2YC and 4YC students and faculty, and staying connected with students who transfer are ways for 2YC and 4YC faculty to provide skills, networks, and mentoring for transfer students.