Foundations of Excellence

Improving the transfer student experience

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 and units 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.

Philosophy statement

As part of the project, the Foundations of Excellence Steering Committee, the Council on Retention and Graduation, and the executive vice chancellor of academic affairs developed a philosophy statement to guide IUPUI’s work with transfer students:

As an urban research institution, IUPUI is deeply committed to the educational success of all students. As part of this commitment, students who transfer to IUPUI will experience coordinated, holistic, and developmentally appropriate support as they transition into and through the university.

As they pursue their degrees, they will be intentionally connected to high-quality curricular and cocurricular learning experiences and provided continuous access to support services. Their student experiences will be based on a theoretical framework that supports the unique needs of transfer students. These experiences will enhance their academic and social integration and commitment to attaining academic and career goals.