With the unique challenges of the fall 2020 semester, the Center for Transfer and Adult Students did not miss a beat when it came to fulfilling its mission of providing support to transfer and adult students.
Students like Jannelle Cissel, Catherine Merski, and Jeffery Richardson attribute part of the success they have found this semester to the hard work and dedication of those in the center.
Robbie Lopez-Shue, the center's interim executive director, said that everyone in the center has stepped up when needed this semester.
“A lot of credit has to be given to our staff and team members,” said Lopez-Shue.
On top of the work from the people inside the center, Lopez-Shue cited the external partnerships the Center for Transfer and Adult Students has been able to make this semester, namely a strong partnership with admissions, as a cornerstone to their success.
One of the initiatives the center undertook was getting an official website up and going. When the center opened in July, a place-holder website was launched while their detailed website continued to be a project throughout the fall semester. However, the Center for Transfer and Adult Students’ official website is now live.
Another tall task that the center had to undertake was establishing an identity.
“We had to figure out who and what we are,” said Lopez-Shue.
Despite the workload of getting the center up and going this semester, the Center for Transfer and Adult Students is the second most successful unit in the Division of Undergraduate Education in terms of number of students reached by proactive advising methods.
In spring 2021, the center will continue to build relationships with both IUPUI students and other offices throughout the university; continue to establish an identity; and, most important, continue to provide crucial support and programming for students like Cissel, Merski, and Richardson.
Lopez-Shue acknowledged that progress takes time, and he invited any students who are served by the resources within the Center for Transfer and Adults students to contact the center to give their input on what they would like to see out of the new center.