Transfer Student Success in the CSU

Friday, December 1, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm (with an optional networking breakfast from 9:00 – 10:00 am)
(New Location)
Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport
2640 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815


Overview - The CSU Student Success Network brings together faculty, staff, and administrators from throughout the system to connect and learn about shared problems of practice. This daylong event focuses on transfer student success in the CSU. We encourage all campuses to consider sending a cross-role team of up to five (5) participants to engage in the conversation. 

Why focus on transfer student success? - While graduation rates for community college transfers to the CSU have been increasing over the last decade, in 2016 only one-third of transfer students graduated with their bachelor’s degree in two years. This population is rapidly expanding on campuses, representing about half of new undergraduate enrollment at the CSU in 2015-16. There are strong imperatives to improve transfer graduation rates – to meet Graduation Initiative goals, to meet workforce demands, and to honor the commitment and investment these students make to their education. The California Community Colleges and the CSU have enacted reforms to help simplify student transfer processes, but many students report high levels of confusion and frustration with their transfer experience.

What should participants expect? - The event provides an opportunity to learn how peers at other CSU campuses approach transfer student success and to work with colleagues from your own campus to strategize around concrete opportunities for improvement. Specifically, meeting participants will:

  • Build relationships with colleagues from across the CSU who are involved in campus-level efforts to build and strengthen transfer programs to improve student success. 
  • Develop a better understanding of transfer patterns and student outcomes across the CSU.
  • Identify and share current successes and challenges related to transfer and explore implications for student success and equity.
  • Reflect as campus teams and apply learnings to individual campus needs and contexts.
  • Discuss possible strategies for growing dedicated transfer support programs in the CSU.  

Who should attend? - Network convenings are team-based meetings. We invite cross-role teams of 3-5 individuals who work closely with transfer students to attend. We encourage teams to consider issues of diversity in terms of on campus roles (e.g. faculty, student affairs staff, institutional research staff, administrators, etc.) as well as gender, race/ethnicity and/or other characteristics. While high level administrators (e.g., Provosts, AVPs) are welcome to attend, the meeting is structured to benefit “middle leaders” – individuals with formal or informal leadership responsibilities who work closely with students.

What does the meeting cost? - The CSU Student Success Network will reimburse participants for travel costs in alignment with the CSU travel guidelines. The Network will also provide breakfast and lunch for meeting participants. Please refer to our travel reimbursement guidelines before arranging your travel.

How do I register my team? - Registration is now closed. 

For more information on this convening, please contact Terra Thorne at or 916-278-7249.