Helbert proposal accepted for National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students annual conference

Missy Helbert’s, the Senior Academic Advisor for the Office of Community College & Transfer Relations, proposal submission “Transfer Visit Days: If You Advise Them They Will Come” was accepted for presentation by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) annual conference. The presentation is a team presentation with the Texas Tech University Office of Admissions and focuses on the creation of a personalized experience-recruiting event designed to meet the needs of pre-transfer students.

The event focuses on taking the mystery and intimidation out of the transfer process to assist pre-transfer students to become more comfortable with the policies and processes of a large, research institution. What was intended to serve 30-50 students at each of two events per year has grown to serve 175+ pre-transfer students and their 200+ guests at each of three events per academic year and developed into a successful recruiting tool for the university.

Helbert also partnered with representatives from the Office of Admissions and University Studies Academic Advising to present, “Bridging the gap and helping prospective transfer students: Admissions and Academic Advising” on Nov. 19. The presentation focused on best practices, campus partnerships (both external and internal), recruiting cycles, website design, writing prospective degree plans, demographic and special needs of transfer students. The material addressed the concerns and professional development needs of academic advisors at Texas Tech University.