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Phi Theta Kappa Recognizes Texas Tech Again as One of Best in U.S. for Transfers

Amanda Castro-Crist

March 2, 2018


The university was one of 112 institutions named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in community college transfer pathways.

For the second year in a row, Texas Tech University has been recognized as one of the best institutions in the United States for transfer students.

Texas Tech is among 112 institutions named to Phi Theta Kappa's 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in community college transfer pathways. Each institution will be recognized April 19-21 at PTK Catalyst 2018, Phi Theta Kappa's annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri.

“It is a wonderful honor for Texas Tech University to be recognized for consecutive years by Phi Theta Kappa as a Transfer Honor Roll recipient,” said Ethan Logan, associate vice president for enrollment management. “Our institution strives to be the higher education of choice for transfer students across the state and across the country. Acknowledgement of these efforts by Phi Theta Kappa lets us know we are making the right investments in our transfer outreach and meeting the needs of the transfer student populations with which we interact.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending associate degree-granting institutions. Each year, regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions can apply for recognition on the honor roll and are evaluated in several areas, including scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services and student engagement opportunities.

“The judging for this award includes a panel of both two- and four-year higher education experts,” said Jamie Hansard, executive director of undergraduate admissions at Texas Tech. “We are evaluated on five different criteria, including institutional partnerships and community college collaboration; pre-transfer institutional support that includes outreach, admissions and access; post-transfer student engagement and support; community college data tracking and institutional priorities; and transfer innovations.”

Texas Tech has a number of support services for transfer students who arrivse on campus, including the Transfer Connection program, which allows transfer students to engage with one another in a several different ways. From Transfer Leadership Retreats to social organizations like Transfer Techsans, transfer students quickly develop a sense of belonging, allowing them to become part of the Red Raider family.

Jason Hale, managing director of recruitment for undergraduate admissions, said the wide range of pre- and post-transfer support programs, in addition to a generous scholarship program for transfer students, offers many opportunities for degree attainment at Texas Tech. Connecting with transfer students before they arrive on campus is key.

“This spring, undergraduate admissions has included transfer advising services for students prior to enrollment, allowing the university to connect with more transfer students,” Hale said. “Our goal is for students to have a clear path to degree attainment at Texas Tech University. We have partnered with several community colleges to offer advising on their campus, allowing us to meet students regardless of location.”

Those partnerships include more than 60 colleges in Texas and New Mexico. Clay Taylor, director of Academic Partnerships, said 11 of those were established in the past five years alone.

Several more academic partnerships are expected in the next few years.

“We are continuously refining and augmenting our services in the recruitment of new transfer students to Texas Tech,” Logan said. “Our hope is that these resources and services which we avail to prospective transfer students provide them with the information they need in order to consider transferring to our institution.” 

Hale said the goal is to create articulation agreements with all community colleges across Texas to allow students an easy and smooth transition to Texas Tech, one of only 81 public universities listed as a Carnegie Tier One research institution. He said it's important to focus on transfer students because they can bring unique and diverse backgrounds to the institution.

“Many have life experiences, or have foundations, that add to classroom discussions, interactions with other students through organizations, interests in research and a strong desire to complete their degree,” Hale said. “Transfer students differ from freshmen in that they typically already understand what degree they want. They may need additional assistance in regard to applicability of the courses they have already taken, or how they can finance their education, but the majority of transfer students have specific goals in mind. At Texas Tech, we strive to help transfer students with a path to reach those goals.”  

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, visit the website.


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