CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has earned a spot on the Phi Theta Kappa’s (PTK) Transfer Honor Roll, a list of top colleges and universities that are creating a dynamic pathway to support students as they transfer from community college to a four-year institution. Phi Theta Kappa is the world's largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year college students.
Dr. Patricia Hill is the Director of Transfer Services, housed within the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She says that the Island University has upwards of 1,000 transfer students enroll each year.
“This was the first year we applied for the Phi Theta Kappa distinction, and we are pleased to have been chosen,” said Hill.
Winners of the 2017 PTK Transfer Honor Roll were selected based on engagement, collaboration, impact and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships, support, admissions outreach, scholarships/financial aid, student engagement opportunities and institutional priorities.
Although transfer students – by definition – have attended an institution of higher education, they still have numerous questions and are often nervous to start this new educational experience. Hill stresses the importance of good transition services in not only attracting transfer students, but retaining them through graduation.
“There is an assumption transfer students know everything and they’re not nervous because they come with a little experience under their belt, but they often tell me they feel apprehensive about attending the university,” said Hill. “It’s our job to settle those nerves and guide them through the paperwork. In that process of showing them our great services, we form relationships with these students that help them be successful.”
Hill’s office is located in the Islander Welcome Center and she sees students on a walk-in basis. She also travels to Del Mar College once a week to offer pre-guidance on transfer admission, majors, course selection/transfer, campus resources, financial assistance and more.
Hill herself knows first-hand what it’s like to be a transfer student, as she received her first degree from Del Mar College, and her bachelors, masters and doctorate from A&M-Corpus Christi.
“As a transfer student to TAMU-CC, I appreciated all the assistance I received to make a smooth transition and successful completion of my degrees,” said Hill. “I loved my experience at both institutions, and together they make me who I am today.”
Thanks to this new Honor Roll distinction, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will now be listed, along with 65 other colleges and universities, in the 2017 PTK Partners in Excellence publication, which is distributed to higher education leaders nationally. The University will also receive recognition on PTK’s website and at PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, April 6-8.
To learn more about PTK Epsilon of Texas, the Island University’s alumni chapter of PTK, visit http://aatc.tamucc.edu/prospective/ptk.html.