Strategic Plan 2021-2024

Transfer Resource Center Mission

The mission of the transfer resource center is to reduce barriers for students to successfully matriculate into URI, to increase the number of transfer students at all levels, and to help transfer students to connect to the people and resources that will help them to successfully graduate in a timely manner.   We specifically focus on educating transfer students on the transition from the community college to the University.  We work with our many partners both internal to URI and external (community and four year colleges) and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner  (OPC), to provide accurate and transparent information needed to facilitate the transfer process.

Goal One: Enhance Student Success

Strategy 1: Improve credit and degree completion rates for all undergraduate students

Action: Focus specific attention on data related to underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, international, and in and out-of-state students to guide interventions for success and graduation..

Action: Facilitate implementation of the General Education Program by collaborating with CCRI and RIC to develop and integrate general education requirements for transfer students.

Action: Partner with CCRI and create new transfer pathways – curriculum maps that clearly delineate the rules and curriculum to enable graduation in a timely manner.

Action: Provide academic advising to all students enrolled in the JAA program while they are still at CCRI through multiple days and campus visits for CCRI based advising programs.

Goal Two: Grow a Global Presence

Strategy 1: Expand support structures to increase the number of domestic students engaging in international education experience.

Action: Work with the Office of Admission to clearly articulate matriculation rules and expectations to transfer to URI and to matriculate to various majors and colleges.

Action: Work with all degree granting colleges to eliminate unneeded credits when possible.

Action: Manage the statewide transfer articulation meeting between department chairpersons and the community college to affirm all transfer agreements are up to date for specific majors.

Action: Collaborate with each academic college, the international office, and Enrollment Services to standardized forms, procedures, and policies relevant for Transfer Students.

Action: Support and expand dual enrollment and statewide articulation agreements to expand access to college credit-bearing courses.

Action: Review and evaluate and centralize all transfer of credits from international experiences for domestic students.

Actions: Centralize credit evaluation for incoming international freshmen.

Action: Standardize policies for transfer of credits earned while studying abroad by maintaining a database of pre-approved transfer credits from international institutions.

Action: Track all changes in curriculum with the Faculty Senate Office to ensure the university manual is correct and up to date.

Goal Three: Embrace Diversity and Social Justice

Strategy 1: Increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of students from underrepresented groups, and provide support for their inclusion and success in the academic environment.

Action: Designate academic program liaisons to work with the Office of Admission on recruitment efforts and develop outreach to engage underrepresented K–12 students about URI.

Action: Continue to collaborate with CCRI and the RI Promise students.

Action: Work with Adult learners through the  “Finish what you started” program who are preparing to transfer in to URI.

Action: Continue to build and maintain the evaluations of concurrent/dual enrollment and test credits (AP, IB, CLEP) evaluations to achieve consistency for all students in all majors.

Goal Four: Streamline Processes to Improve Effectiveness

Strategy 1: Develop processes and practices that enable Academic Affairs to more nimbly update curriculum, solve problems, and work collaboratively across disciplines to better meet the needs of future learners.

Action: Continue to evaluate and communicate implications of curriculum changes on the success of incoming transfer students.

Action: Create policies that enable students to be “grandfathered in” when they are following previous and changing academic plans from CCRI or RIC.

Action: Identify and resolve problems or “bottlenecks” that keep transfer students from being able to successfully matriculate into their majors, including offering alternative course options when one or both institutions do not offer required prerequisite courses.

Action: Continue with updating the TES software for daily use for students, faculty and staff.