Texas Lutheran University is just one of 122 colleges and universities nationwide named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2020 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways they have created to support transfer students. This distinguished honor is only awarded to the top 25 percent of colleges who earned the highest Transfer Friendliness Ratings by completing a Transfer Profile in PTKConnect.
Launched in 2018, PTKConnect is Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool that helps students find their best-fit colleges, career pathways, and more. Students can search for colleges by name, scholarship offerings, or cost, and they can use the Transfer Friendly ratings to help evaluate where they’d like to enroll.
TLU Director for Transfer and Graduate Admissions Elliott Powell has led successful efforts in how the university recruits and connects with transfer students.
"We are thrilled to be named to PTK’s Transfer Honor Roll once again this year, and grateful for all of Elliott's amazing work," Alecia McCain, executive director of TLU Admissions, said. "This recognition reaffirms TLU’s commitment be a transfer-friendly institution. In the Office of Admissions, we are dedicated to supporting and serving students through the enrollment process. With personalized attention during the application process, competitive transfer scholarships, and strong transferability of coursework, TLU is a great institution for students who are seeking a rigorous academic environment to complete their bachelor’s degrees."
A major benefit for colleges utilizing PTKConnect is the ability to complete a Transfer Profile, which asks questions about admissions practices, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices, and peer reviews. It is meant to reflect what the transfer student experience is like at their colleges, as well as the strategies colleges are taking to support and enroll transfer students.
The Transfer Profile also serves as a resource colleges can use when evaluating their admissions and recruitment practices to create new strategies to better support the transfer student population.
Through a new and unique partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse, colleges can also have data from the Clearinghouse automatically populated into its Transfer Profile each year. Students can see some of this data on the colleges’ profiles, enabling them to gauge what the college does to support transfer students, see the number of transfer students enrolled at that college, and determine whether the school could be a good fit.
“The Transfer Honor Roll reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of transfer students,” Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “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.”