Grants Awarded to NISTS

American Indian and Alaska Native Community College Student Success
and Transfer: Exploring Promising Practices of Tribal Colleges and
Native American Serving Institutions
Fann, A., Marling, J., Bower, B. & Cutright, M. (2011)

This research project is investigating American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN)
success (degree/certificate completion) and transfer to four-year institutions for
students attending two-year Tribal Colleges (TCs) or two-year Native American-
Serving, Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs). Objectives are: 1) to collect data from
two-year tribal colleges and two-year NASNTIs on AI/AN student success and
transfer and 2) to explore institutional factors and practices that support AI/AN
student success and/or transfer. Although restricted to AI/AN students, this study
has potential for national replication of practice and policy for other under-resourced
populations; especially rural, first-generation, and economically disadvantaged

Funded by TG Public Benefit Program. $139,234

The Efficacy of Transfer Policies and Programs in the State of Texas
Cutright, M., Jacobs, B., Fann, A., Bower, B., & Marling, J. (2010)

The research project explored 1) how campus administrators perceive and enact
transfer policies; 2) transfer experiences of community college students preparing
to transfer and university students who have recently transferred to four-year
institutions from community colleges; and 3) whether transfer experiences of
minority, first-generation, and nontraditional students differ from transfer students’
experiences in general.

Funded by TG Public Benefit Program. $148,000, supplemental funding $14,495

Facilitating a Statewide Summit on Transfer

Jacobs, B. C., Cutright, M. & Marling, J. (2009)

A follow up to the 2008 Texas Transfer Summit for Presidents and Chancellors,
sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the University of
Texas System, and facilitated by NISTS and the UNT Center for Higher Education. The
Texas Transfer Success Conference was intended to take the messages of successful
transfer practice beyond executive offices to the “front lines” of transfer student
interface and service. Goals for the event included: 1) participant education through
the dissemination of state and local transfer data, best practices, and resources for
improving transfer, discussion of national best practices and issues, and communicating
details of the Transfer Success Summit recommendations; 2) partnership development
through keynote addressing partnership development and providing opportunities
to establish intra- and inter-institutional partnerships; and 3) addressing THECB
initiatives by reiterating Closing the Gaps 2015 goals related to student participation
and student success, assisting in the creation and sustainability of participant action
plans for addressing the Transfer Success Summit recommendations and other transfer

Funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. $260,000.

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