Student Transfer and Mobility: A National Longitudinal Look at Student Transfer Behaviors

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The webinar session presents recent findings from a Signature Report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on Transfer and Mobility: A National View of Pre-Degree Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions. The presentation examines student transfer and mobility activity over a span of five years from the fall of 2006 through the summer of 2011. Among the highlights are findings that one-third of all students transferred at least once, with community colleges the most common destination. Of those who transferred, 22% did so in their 4th or 5th year, 25% did so more than once, and 27% crossed a state line. Please join AACRAO for a discussion of this groundbreaking study and explanation of why the results matter for institutional planning. Presenters Don Hossler and Doug Shapiro from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center will be available to answer questions following the webinar.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is geared towards campus officials, registrars, admissions officers, student services and records administrators as well as faculty members that handle transfer issues.


Don Hossler, Executive Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Don Hossler, is the Executive Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and also serves as a Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and at Indiana University Bloomington. Hossler has served as the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services for Indiana University Bloomington, and the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services for the seven campuses of the Indiana University system, the Executive Associate Dean of the School of Education and as Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. His areas of specialization include: college choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy, and enrollment management.

Hossler has consulted with more than 50 colleges, universities, and related educational organizations including: The College Board, Educational Testing Services, the University of Cincinnati, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, the Pew Charitable Trust, the University of Missouri, Colorado State University, the University of Alabama, and the General Accounting Office of the United States Government. He has presented more than 130 scholarly papers and invited lectures and is the author, or co-author, of 12 books and monographs and more than 70 articles and book chapters. Hossler is currently directing funded projects of The College Board, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Spencer Foundation focusing on student success and persistence. He has received career achievement awards for his research, scholarship, and service from the American College Personnel Association, the Association for Institutional Research, the College Board, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Douglas T Shapiro, Senior Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Douglas T Shapiro, PhD, is Senior Director of the Research Center at the National Student Clearinghouse, where he is responsible for research projects utilizing a student-level database that covers 93% of all postsecondary enrollments in the US. The Research Center is currently completing a Gates-funded project to build school, district and state feedback reports analyzing the postsecondary enrollment and progress of high school graduates. The Center recently published a report that analyzes patterns of postsecondary student transfer and mobility. A report on completion rates will follow later in 2012.

Shapiro was previously the Director of Institutional Research at The New School in New York City. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for Research and Policy Development at the Minnesota Private College Council, where he conducted research on postsecondary student access and success, college affordability and financial aid, labor markets for college-educated workers, and academic performance of recruited student-athletes. He also built and managed the Council's 17-institution student unit record database covering enrollment, academics and financial aid. Shapiro has been an Associate at the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education and holds a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Michigan's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.

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Registration Cost:$79.00 for AACRAO Members / $99.00 for Non-Members

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