Brock prepares new resources and webinar for incoming transfer students

To help make transfer students’ journeys to Brock University as seamless as possible, the Office of the Registrar, Student Life and Success, and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, have developed new resources, including an upcoming webinar, to help faculty and staff assist in the transfer and articulation process.

Earlier this year, the team received a Credit Transfer Institutional Grant to support new initiatives that enhance student mobility between Ontario’s college and university sectors.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the team to reshape the content into an online resource to assist faculty and staff, as well as videos for transfer students and partnership pathways, to promote and strengthen Brock’s position as a transfer leader in education.

As well, a webinar for faculty and staff will take place Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. to guide participants through the Transfer and Articulation site, housed on the Office of the Registrar section on SharePoint, focusing on the information and resources that support students, staff and faculty. Registration will close at the end of the day on Friday.

Michelle Knapman, Manager, Admissions and Assessment in the Office of the Registrar, says many of Brock’s transfer students come from Ontario colleges, as well as from other local, national and international post-secondary institutions.

“They bring unique and diverse backgrounds, educational and life experiences to our Brock community and classrooms,” says Knapman. “Many have joined us through pathways and agreements with longstanding and trusted partnerships, and it’s important that Brock continues to develop and foster these kinds of partnerships.

The Transfer and Articulation page was developed as a valuable tool to provide comprehensive information for staff and faculty involved in assisting with the student transfer process. The page will be updated with new tools and welcomes any requests for additional resources.

Knapman says Brock has been active in creating new pathways for students wishing to transfer to the University as well as other articulation agreements from across the globe.

“It was recognized that a more formal protocol was needed for helping faculty and staff navigate the steps involved in creating these new opportunities and communicating them to the relevant departments across the University,” she says.

“In partnership with Student Life and Success, some valuable surveys and focus groups of transfer students also took place in early 2020. The Transfer and Articulation page shares their valuable feedback and offers recommendations for improvement. We hope these results will inform those who work directly with transfer students to better understand and meet their unique needs.”

Members of the Brock community looking to support future students seeking pathways to Brock, as well as faculty and staff partners interested in establishing agreements, are encouraged to use these new resources.

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