GS 490

The goals of the transfer course are two-fold. First we want to help students deal with transfer shock. Research suggest traditional first year students establish friendships within their first semester and engage in several high impact practices that increase success (e.g. learning communities, common course experiences, etc.). Transfer students, however, get lost in the shuffle, have a difficult time entering those pre-established friendship groups, and have missed out on high impact practices that first year students typically engage in. There will be a lot of self-reflective learning and learning strategies introduced to these students to help them navigate the Purdue landscape and establish relationships.

In addition, this course will help them map out their own academic path to graduation. We will help them deal with bottlenecks/issues that may halt their progress towards degree. We will discuss transfer credits, CODOing, etc. Ultimately, the final project will be for students to come up with a portfolio outlining their path towards their degree (with different scenarios based on if credits transfer in, if they fail a course, if they study abroad, etc.).


Transfer Task Force

  • Wier, Peggy J. M.
  • Jones, Kasi L
  • Richards, Jamie M
  • Bryant, Gabe P
  • Kay, Anneliese
  • Hughes, Dorothy J.
  • No, Song I
  • Haywood, Antwione M
  • Bowling, Dennis J
  • Heinz, Catherine M.
  • Powers, Kimberly A

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