Writing Center personnel and pre- or post-transfer students are invited to attend the RMWCA Inter-Institutional Transfer Students and Writing Centers Symposium on June 5-6, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah to learn about and discuss what Writing Centers at both universities and two-year colleges can do to support transfer students in their transitions. Discussion at the symposium will result in collaboratively-written vision, policy, and best practices statements for the support of transfer students and Writing Center work. A key goal of the symposium is that these statements may be put to practical use at participants’ institutions. As researchers who focus on community colleges and transfer students, Dr. Romeo García (University of Utah), Clint Gardner (Salt Lake Community College), Dr. Christopher LeCluyse (Westminster College, Salt Lake City), Dr. Lizbett Tinoco (University of Texas A&M, San Antonio), and Dr. Christie Toth (University of Utah) will facilitate the discussion with symposium attendees. A special presentation will be given by students who have experienced transfer.
As alternative educational spaces that provide support to students from across the institution, writing centers seem to be a good location to assist students in easing their institutional transfer. However, little research is available regarding both transfer student identities and transfer-and-receiving institutional partnership and writing centers. Only two studies (Ellis, 2013; Gere et al., 2017) mention writing centers as sites of both difficulty and access for transfer students. This lack of research into transfer students and writing centers leads directly to the critical question that drives this symposium on inter-institutional transfer and writing centers: What policies and best practices can writing centers adopt in order to assist transfer students to successfully transfer and complete bachelors degrees?
Symposium attendees will benefit in four distinct ways:
They will learn the conditions of transfer students at various institutions in general and in our writing centers in particular.
They will be apprised of the relevant research on institutional transfer and writing centers.
They will participate in the collaborative development of policies and best pedagogical practice statements that can be taken back to their home institutions.
They can build relationships with other institutions to help facilitate students who are transferring.
They can develop ideas for further research leading to publication on writing centers and inter-institutional transfer.
The symposium is hosted by Salt Lake Community College, University of Utah, and Westminster College, and will be held on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus of Salt Lake Community College (4600 South Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah). The event is open to all interested in inter-institutional transfer and Writing Centers. Need-based travel scholarships are available, and can cover cost of registration as well as other travel needs.
Ellis, M.M. (2013). Successful community college transfer students speak out. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 32(2) pp 73-84. DOI: 10.180/10668920903304914.
Gere, A.R., Hutton, E., Keating, B., Knutson, A. Silver, N and Toth, C (2017). “Mutual adjustments: Learning from and responding to transfer student writers.”College English 79(4).