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Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st Century Students
What does it mean to be a transfer advocate when the idea of “free college” is central to the current national debate about the role of higher education in strengthening our democracy and the lives of our students? In this one-hour webinar, Eileen Strempel and Stephen Handel will converse with Janet Marling about their new book, Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st Century Students. The authors will highlight their research and programmatic findings, including specific strategies transfer advocates can use to better serve their students. They will also provide a checklist of programs, activities, and services that are helpful in our post-COVID world. As we prepare to welcome students this fall, and as we strategize about how to effectively recruit transfer students in the future, it is imperative that we adjust to meet the needs and expectations of the “neo-traditional” individuals who will increasingly populate and sustain our institutions. Join us to learn more!

Jun 30, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Eileen Strempel, Ph.D.
Inaugural Dean, Herb Alpert School of Music @University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Eileen Strempel currently serves as the Inaugural Dean of UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. Strempel is a nationally recognized champion for transfer students and views superb public education as one of the principal social justice issues of our time. Previously, Strempel was the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Cincinnati, served in a variety of roles at Syracuse University over a seventeen-year span, where she was awarded a Kauffman Foundation eProfessorship and an ACE Fellowship, which she served at Colgate University.
Stephen J. Handel, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Strategic Higher Education Assessment Use @College Board
After serving as the chief admissions officer for the University of California System, Stephen J. Handel returned to the College Board as a senior strategist in higher education. As UC’s first director of transfer enrollment planning and architect of the College Board’s National Office of Community College Initiatives, Dr. Handel has devoted his career to the advancement of community colleges, the transfer process, and higher education access and equity.
Janet L. Marling, Ph.D.
Executive Director @National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students
Janet has worked with NISTS since 2002 and has researched, written, and presented about transfer student success extensively. She was named executive director in 2011, and from 2014-2017 also served as VP for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of North Georgia. Janet is a past appointed Board Member for the National Association for College Counseling (NACAC) and is an affiliate member of the Council for Standards in Higher Education (CAS).