Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two- And Four-Year Institutions To Teach Information Literacy Skills

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Kelly McCallister, Assistant Professor & Information Literacy Librarian for Non-Traditional Populations (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Transfer students represent a significant population at our nation’s four-year colleges and universities today. In the fall of 2006 774,000 transfer students enrolled in post-secondary institutions. This number increased to 1.5 million students transferring to 4001 Title IV institutions in fall semester 2013. One out of three, or approximately 550,000 students, transferred from community colleges. Given the increasing numbers of transfer students four-year colleges and universities have begun to facilitate the transfer process and the success of these students after matriculation. Many institutions have developed programs to help this population, who need assistance adapting to upper level academic requirements and establishing relationships with faculty and students. The national trend in transfer enrollment is evident at Appalachian State University (ASU), a master’s level institution within the University of North Carolina System. Between the fall of 2006 and 2014 transfer enrollment rose from 768 to 1148 students, and it is projected to continue to increase. The majority of these students transferred from community colleges. Recognizing the growing numbers of transfer students at ASU and the need to help them integrate into academic and social life at the University, the Office of Academic Affairs hosted a Transfer Symposium in the fall of 2013. This professional development workshop was designed to educate ASU faculty and staff about the characteristics of transfer students. Every academic unit of the University was encouraged to send a team to this day-long event. The Belk Library and Information Commons, where two of the authors work, sent a team of four library representatives. Information about national trends, transfer student demographics, and transfer services at ASU was presented and discussed.

Additional Information

McCallister, K., Gregor, M., and Joyner, D. (2015). "Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two- And Four-Year Institutions To Teach Information Literacy Skills." ACRL 2015 Conference, March 25-28, 2015, Portland, Oregon.
Language: English
Date: 2015
college transfer students, higher education, post-secondary education, transfer enrollment, transfer assistance

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