A new program designed to help Tennessee’s community college students better navigate the transition to UT has gained $1 million in support and recognition from the National Science Foundation.
Following the establishment of the Tennessee Promise program, which provides two years of free community college to the state’s students, faculty members in the Tickle College of Engineering met to come up with a plan to accommodate transfer students and position them for success in the college.
The team focused on the five-year graduation rate for engineering transfer students—71 percent, compared to 85 percent for traditional students who enter as freshmen.
“Transfer students face a unique set of challenges compared to traditional students,” said materials science and engineering Professor David Keffer, leader on the project. “We sought to develop a program, based on input from many directions, to create an experience for transfer students which addresses well-identified academic and social obstacles to successful completion of their degree.”