UNT secured two grants aimed at improving the transfer process. One grant will fund a study of the effectiveness of state transfer policies and the other will fund support services for Latino transfer students.
UNT, home of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, currently is ranked number four nationally and number one in Texas for accepting transfer students. UNT also hosted the first statewide conference on transfer issues this past spring.
The first grant that UNT received was a $148,000 grant from Texas Guaranteed. The grant will allow UNT College of Education professors and doctoral students to interview administrators, faculty, staff and students at 12 Texas colleges and universities, which will help investigators determine the effectiveness of state and campus policies that affect the transfer process.
"This project will be the first qualitative study of this scale to examine the efficacy of statewide transfer policies. We think that interviewing the individuals that interact with the policies directly will give us some insight into how policies can be made more effective," says Marc Cutright, UNT associate professor and a principal investigator for the grant.
UNT also received a $50,000 SEMILLAS grant from the Excelencia in Education's "Growing What Works" national initiative. The SEMILLAS grants are supported by the Walmart Foundation and are intended to support promising and innovative programs that help Latino students succeed and graduate.
Excelencia in Education awarded UNT with a SEMILLAS grant to support the Seamless Transfer (SET @ UNT) Program. In 2008, Hispanic students accounted for more than 12 percent of UNTís enrollment. SET @ UNT will create an online community and centralized student development support systems designed for Latino transfer students and their families. The goal of the project is to close the gaps in educational attainment for Latino students in the state of Texas.
For more information about the Texas Guaranteed grant contact Cutright at email@example.com or 940-369-7875.
For more information on the SEMILLAS contact Elizabeth With at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-565-4373.
Alyssa Aber with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Aber@unt.edu.