UNT has further distinguished itself as a leading authority on the study of transfer students with the formation of the Association for the Study of Transfer Students (ASTS).
Bonita Jacobs, vice president for student development and executive director of UNT's National Institute on the Study of Transfer Students, announced the formation of the new association at the institute's seventh annual conference.
The more than 200 conference participants were offered a complimentary one-year membership to the association and, subsequently, the opportunity to become the association's first members. Non-conference attendees will be able to join at www.transferinstitute.unt.edu. The annual $100 fee will be collected upon joining, with renewals due Jan. 31 of the following year.
"Universities across the country are increasingly concerned about increasing their success and graduation rates. UNT has served an important role in studying the role of transfer students in this process over the last seven years, and we felt that now was the time to formalize the relationships that we have established by forming a national association," Jacobs says.
The association, which will serve as the institute's professional organization, will bring together individuals from across the country to promote transfer student success, to advance transfer research and to facilitate partnerships that will enhance the transfer experience for students nationwide.
A board of advisors for the association has been selected and will be responsible for outlining the association's structure and bylaws over the next year.
ASTS membership includes access to the member-only section of the NISTS web site, a free subscription to the association's electronic newsletter, discounted fees to selected conferences, opportunities to apply for member-only research grants, and updates and information regarding public policy and affairs affecting transfer students and those who support them.
For more information visit www.transferinstitute.unt.edu/ or call the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students at 940-565-4909.
Alyssa Aber with UNT News Service
can be reached at Alyssa.Aber@unt.edu.