The Foundations of Excellence–Transfer Focus project was a collaborative effort between IUPUI and the John N. Gardner Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to improve transfer student learning and success at IUPUI. Launched in 2014, the yearlong self-study included more than 150 people from all divisions of the campus. The project was led by a steering committee and included nine dimensions committees that looked at various dimensions of the transfer student experience at IUPUI.
The self-study and resulting recommendations were based on two campuswide surveys on transfer students—one for faculty and staff and the other for students—as well as relevant campus data. The project and associated data analysis focused primarily on students who are considered “external transfers” coming from two- and four-year institutions outside of the Indiana University system.