RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING THE TRANSFER OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS TO FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
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 developing students’ fundamental geoscience skills and providing relevant co-curricular and professional development opportunities. After students have shown an interest in exploring transfer options, faculty can provide advice regarding 2YC degree completion and 4YCU transfer requirements, discuss 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 faculty can work to lessen “transfer shock”. Building 2YC and 4YCU connections through joint field trips, early research experiences at local 4YCUs, and cross-institution visits can ease the transition. Providing support before, during, and after transfer is important given the number of baccalaureate students starting their undergraduate education at 2YCs.