Phi Theta Kappa recognizes Wayne State for exemplary transfer pathways

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May 20, 2021

Wayne State University is one of only 150 colleges and universities in the nation - and one of only two public universities in Michigan - recognized by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for the dynamic pathways it has created to support transfer students and help them succeed.

The PTK Transfer Honor Roll, made possible by a $100,000 grant from The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, recognizes four-year colleges and universities that have developed transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students.

The Transfer Student Success Center (TSSC), part of Educational Outreach, leads the university’s transfer efforts. Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president of educational outreach and international programs, says the university is committed to supporting transfer students as they pursue their goals.

“Transfer students are a significant and integral part of the Wayne State community and they represent more than 40% of each graduating class,” Ezzeddine says. “We look forward to seeing more transfer graduates in our ranks.”

PTK President and CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner says the honor roll reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of transfer students.

“This award is given to four-year colleges and universities with proven outcomes for transfer success. They are the best at providing a supportive and smooth transition from community college — equating to increased rates of bachelor’s degree attainment for transfer students.” 

Transfer Student Ambassador Kaleigh Webber, who works in the TSSC, transferred to WSU from Schoolcraft College. Both of her parents graduated from Wayne State, and she said her experience coming from another school went smoothly.

“One thing I would advise transfer students to consider is to join a club or student organization of some sort,” she says. “When I transferred to WSU, I joined the women’s club soccer team and helped me to meet people and make friends.

“I always tell students who are transferring from a Michigan community college to complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). In my opinion, is such an amazing thing offered to community college students. The MTA allows students to complete (university) general education courses at participating community colleges. Earning my MTA allowed me to jump right into my major courses when I started at WSU.  

Working at the TSSC has taught me so much about the university and the different programs that are offered for transfer students. I have also been able to use this new information outside of work. I have several family friends with kids graduating high school this spring, so I have sort of becoming their WSU information hub. I love being able to promote WSU, whether that be at work or outside of it.” 

Educational Outreach is the point of entry for all off-campus programs and courses. We serve traditional students, transfer students and professionals seeking additional training, and the adult literacy needs of the Detroit community.

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