Texas Tech Transfer Connection Earns State Awards

Program recognized for its outstanding work in serving transfer students.

The Texas Tech University Transfer Connection program won two Successful Transfer Enhancement Program (STEP) Awards during the recent Texas Transfer Success Conference. The awards, open to all colleges and universities in Texas, recognize outstanding work in serving transfer students. There were 67 entries in six categories. Texas Tech won a Gold Award in the Student Services and Development category and a Silver Award in the Internal Collaborations category. In addition, the Transfer Connection was one of seven programs cited as examples of excellence during the conference. “We are excited to receive recognition for the Transfer Connection,” said Candice Laster, coordinator for the Transfer Connection. “We are also inspired to continue to build on our program and further assist transfer students as they continue their journey at Texas Tech.” Transfer Connection is an umbrella for the programs and services offered by Texas Tech geared specifically for transfer students. Administered through the Center for Campus Life, Transfer Connection provides opportunities for transfer students to make connections with other students, faculty and staff. “Transfer students experience a phenomenon called transfer shock,” said Greg Elkins, dean of students. “Students can feel lonely, lost, overwhelmed and uncertain about their decision to transfer. That can lead to a drop in grade point average and in some cases result in the student dropping out. We believe that offering transfer students the opportunities to make friends and find help will make the transition into Texas Tech much more successful.” Transfer Connection works with a Transfer Council made up of recent transfers to Texas Tech to develop content and approaches to help students. There also is a Transfer Peer Mentor Program that works in connection with the Transfer Connection. The Transfer Connection consists of the Transfer Peer Mentor Program, Transfer Council, Transfer Techsans and the Transfer Connection Learning Community. The Transfer Peer Mentor Program matches incoming transfer students with current students who transferred to Texas Tech. The Transfer Council provides an opportunity for transfer students, new or current, to work with the Student Government Association. The Transfer Techsans is a new student organization designed to help transfer students create a social network for involvement. The Transfer Learning Community is a new addition to the Connection umbrella of programs.  CONTACT: Candice Laster, Transfer Connection coordinator, Texas Tech Center for Campus Life, (806) 742-5433, or candice.n.laster@ttu.edu.