Phi Theta Kappa Partners in Excellence 2021

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creating a culture of transfer student success


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6 Ways to Connect with the Nation’s Top Transfer Students

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from the President & CEO At Phi Theta Kappa, we believe there is an equitable distribution of talent among the nation’s community college students but an unequal distribution of opportunity. But when we work together, our organizations can open the doors of opportunity to these bright and talented students. Since 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has been recognizing community college students at the first glimpse of success. We engage and equip them through activities and opportunities designed to help them grow as scholars and leaders, preparing them for their next step, which often involves transfer to a four-year college or university. In fact, more than 75 percent of PTK members are preparing to transfer to a four-year college.

Start Your Partnership Today! Contact Us.

Christin Grissom

Vice President of Scholarships and Transfer Success 601.984.3539

Ron Filipowicz

Associate Director of College and Transfer Relations 601.984.3556

COVID created unanticipated barriers for the nation’s community college students, but it also underscored their resilience. In a time of uncertainty, our students adapted and thrived. Phi Theta Kappa is working to not only level the field for these students, but to change it. Through programs and activities including Transfer Edge™, our annual PTK Catalyst College Transfer Fair, the PTK Transfer Honor Roll, and PTK Connect™, we work to equip students with the resources and tools they need to successfully navigate transfer. As a result, Phi Theta Kappa is the only single-source resource for four-year college and university partners to attract, recruit, and retain the nation’s most promising community college transfer students. We believe the success of our members can be largely attributed to the strong and meaningful relationships with college and university partners like you. So, on behalf of Phi Theta Kappa, thank you for being a Partner in Excellence and for supporting the members and mission of Phi Theta Kappa. It is more important now than ever before.

Heather Yush

Associate Director of College and Transfer Relations 601.984.3647

Cover Photo: Wilmington University, New Castle, Delaware

Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Ph.D. President and CEO | Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

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national profile of student success Phi Theta Kappa Member completion and transfer


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24% Business, political science, agriculture Annual Salary: $75,329


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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Annual Salary: $77,994

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Data sources: Phi Theta Kappa Member Database; National Student Clearinghouse Degree Completion/Transfer Verification; National Student Clearinghouse Current Term Enrollment Report; Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Median Salary); U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2012/17 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS: 12/17).


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Annual Salary: $64,391

11% English, Psychology, Social Sciences Annual Salary: $82,829

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Three examples of how a PTK partnership can impact your transfer recruitment. As COVID-19 swept the country during the 2020/2021 school year, many colleges shifted away from their go-to recruitment strategies. Instead, they moved to survival mode, increasing focus on simply delivering quality education to existing students and scaling back efforts to recruit new students.

Students at Wilmington University, New Castle, Delaware

While many recruiters found themselves pulling back as a result of budget cuts, travel restrictions, and in-person event cancellations, an innovative few embraced the current conditions as an opportunity to level-up their PTK partnership and continue advancing their transfer game. Those who did energized their enrollment strategies and made transfer to their institutions more accessible and inclusive of PTK members even in a time of challenge. Learn more about how they did it and find ideas to customize your transfer recruitment strategy.

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Wilmington University New Castle, Delaware


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Increase your PTK transfer scholarship Although Wilmington University (WU) already offered a PTK transfer scholarship and engaged in practices designed to make transfer to the institution seamless, including articulation agreements and guaranteed admission for students transferring with an associate degree, they weren’t content to rest on the success of these efforts. “[We] had to work several strategies to stay visible, responsive, and proactive in meeting the needs of transfer students, especially in the uncertain times of the pandemic,” said Dr. Jacqueline Varsalona, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. WU’s main campus is in New Castle, Delaware, with 12 other campuses throughout Delaware and New Jersey. Each New Jersey site is located at a partner community college. WU suspected that financial need presented a greater challenge for potential transfers because of the pandemic. Digging deeper, they reached out to then-local PTK chapter advisor Pattie Van Atter for feedback. As a result of what they learned from this collaboration, the university increased their PTK scholarship from one scholarship of $500 to five scholarships of $1,000 each to better address students’ increased financial needs. When the opportunity to join the PTK Virtual Transfer Fair came in December 2020, WU seized it. They connected with over 50 PTK members during the event and are still fielding questions and building relationships with them today. The power of the PTK partnership paid off for this recruitment team by not only growing their list of prospects, but also earning the university the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll designation — an honor that will continue to attract the attention of high-achieving transfer students going forward. “The PTK events had excellent attendance, and we will continue to participate in them,” Varsalona said. “We will also leverage our Transfer Honor Roll status to demonstrate our commitment to prospective students. When they are ready to transfer to Wilmington University, we will always aspire to make their transitions seamless and fulfilling.” Students at Wilmington University, New Castle, Delaware

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St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, New York


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Connect with PTK chapter advisors PTK Connect became a stand-out tool in the transfer recruitment strategy at St. Francis College (SFC) in 2020. Subscribing at the unlimited level allowed the college to cultivate prospects using an array of channels. Relationship-building began by reaching out to PTK advisors using the Advisor List addon available from PTK Connect. SFC invited advisors to take part in their Community College Summit, giving them an opportunity to gain knowledge and exchange ideas, all with the goal of supporting students through the transfer process.

“As we know, advisors play an integral role in helping this population of students transfer to senior colleges, so establishing such relationships allows for the perfect handoff,” said Assistant Director of Admissions Michael Phillips. “Students often need an arsenal of support, so we took advantage of the list to create a dense network to better prepare students to transition. “Our goal is to maximize our partnership with PTK to ensure that we are doing everything we can to assist members in finding their right-fit college (hopefully SFC), walk them through a smooth process, and provide our colleagues on the other side of the desk with the most comprehensive information possible to successfully guide students to a four-year institution.” Additionally, SFC’s unlimited-level subscription to PTK Connect helped the college cast a wider net for prospective transfers and make direct contacts with students who matched their criteria. And, their digital ad on PTK Connect rounded out the strategy by reinforcing their message. It was a no-brainer to increase “ our partnership with PTK,” Phillips said. “When we first began working on strategies to maximize transfer enrollments and create efficiencies in guiding students through the transfer process, it was crystal clear that the way to grow was partnering at an even greater extent with PTK. Not only did we see an uptick with high-achieving students, but we also saw an uptick with students interested in joining our honors program.”

Students at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, New York

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Eastern Oregon University La Grande, Oregon


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Sponsor PTK Catalyst & Award transfer credit for PTK courses Build relationships and crush barriers — that’s the focus of Eastern Oregon University’s (EOU) approach to recruiting high-performing transfer students. In addition to maximizing their use of PTK Connect and creating a PTK transfer scholarship, this firsttime PTK partner amplified their reach with a PTK Catalyst sponsorship.

“A large portion of our marketing and outreach efforts start with building relationships at the individual chapter level,” said Cody Singer, Assistant Director of Online Enrollment and Strategic Partnerships. “EOU has made an effort to collaborate with PTK chapters and support their chapter development and outreach at the local level. These relationships allowed us to extend warm invitations directly to students to join our virtual booth at Catalyst.” To incentivize the invitation and boost engagement participation at Catalyst, EOU offered students who visited their virtual booth a chance to win a pair of Apple® AirPods. To extend their Catalyst reach even further, they took advantage of the opportunity for Catalyst sponsors to provide a promotional video, which was aired as part of the event’s primary sessions. EOU also received a list of registrants and attendees to help maximize return on investment in the sponsorship. “Our investments in scholarships, academic credit for PTK Edge programs, sponsorship of chapter events, regional conferences, and PTK Catalyst have increased EOU’s exposure to transfer students,” Singer said. “Partnering to support the mission of Phi Theta Kappa and its members has resulted in better transfer policies, a better transfer experience for all students, and has helped EOU work toward its mission to be the most transfer-friendly university in the country.”

Student at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon

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Score extra credit Follow the lead of these innovators, and you’ll be on your way to earning extra credit with potential transfers. In early 2021, Eastern Oregon University (EOU) became the first four-year institution to award transferable credit to students for their PTK experiences. Using Agency Sponsored Learning and Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), the university awards up to 10 credits for the completion of PTK’s Leadership Development Studies and PTK Edge courses. “We are hyper-focused on eliminating barriers for transfer students and maximizing their transfer experience,” said Cody Singer, EOU Assistant Director of Online Enrollment and Strategic Partnerships. “In addition to awarding scholarships and ensuring affordability, we have built transfer policies that accept more transfer credit than most universities, and we are proud to be the first in the country to award college credit for PTK Edge and leadership courses.”

Students at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon

Adding this value for students was the right fit for PTK partner Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) as well. Both on-campus and online students can potentially transfer in up to 10 credits, which saves them time and money.

“These transfer credits, plus the existing 10 percent tuition discount for PTK members, can amount to a savings of up to $2,880,” said Kurt Tautenhan, SNHU’s then-Regional Director of Academic Alliances. “This benefit speaks to SNHU’s mission and our willingness to do what’s right for our students and our partners.” On the horizon, Thomas Edison State University (TESU), a majority-online institution, is working with PTK staff to evaluate course requirements with the goal of offering similar transfer credit soon. ”Accepting transfer of previously earned credit and honoring assessment credit is what we do and are exceptional at,” said Paul Singh, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management for TESU. “We understand the hard work and diligence that PTK students invest in their academic journey! Strengthening our partnership with Phi Theta Kappa is a priority for TESU, and we will continue to nurture this relationship going forward.”

Will your institution become the next innovator to add extra credit to its recruitment plan? Talk with our College Relations Team to get started.

Students at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon

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• Identify student leads. Find your bestfit students, identify those interested in your college, and instantly obtain datarich export files to expand your transfer inquiry pool. • Promote your college. Attract interest from prospective students by enhancing your college profile with relevant transfer data, photos, and videos. • Get recognized. Increase your college’s Transfer-Friendly Rating and earn national recognition through PTK’s Transfer Honor Roll.

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• Promote your scholarships. See how your transfer scholarships compare to others nationally, promote opportunities for transfer students, and reward PTK members with exclusive scholarships.

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• Get connected at recruitment events. Engage with PTK members through meaningful transfer recruitment events locally, regionally, and at the nation’s largest transfer fair at PTK Catalyst.


Connect with Chapter advisors

Create a collaborative relationship with local chapter advisors — community college faculty/ staff who oversee a Phi Theta Kappa chapter on their campus and play a vital role in the transfer process for their student members. Offer support at chapter meetings, induction ceremonies, or PTK recruitment drives/events. Arrange a campus visit (even virtually) or design a workshop exclusively for local PTK members and advisors.

• Everything to gain, nothing to lose. Invest in recruitment tools that yield results. Ask us for a FREE PTK Connect demo or more information about our bundle options.

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Transfer honor roll 2022

We recognize your commitment to and investment in supporting transfer students. To honor your efforts and showcase your institution’s best practices, we invite you to participate in our annual national recognition program, the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll. This distinction recognizes your transferfriendly practices and will help you recruit future students. Enhance your college’s profile on PTK Connect to provide thousands of prospective students with relevant data to inform their transfer decisions. You’ll be automatically considered for our Transfer Honor Roll distinction through the Transfer-Friendly Rating you receive. The top 25 percent of highest-scoring institutions nationwide are named to the Transfer Honor Roll. No application is required, and there’s no cost to enhance your profile. Complete your institution’s profile at by December 10, 2021, at 5 pm CT. Benefits: -T ransfer Honor Roll Press Kit, including a press release and seal for promotions -N ational recognition through various media channels - Transfer-Friendly Rating -R ecognition as a 2022 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll recipient and Partner in Excellence -P hi Theta Kappa website, press release, and social media acknowledgement - Commemorative award


PTK Catalyst 2022

April 7-9 Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Denver, Colorado Join Us and Recruit

Exhibiting at or sponsoring PTK Catalyst, our annual convention, connects you with nearly 4,000 transfer students, advisors, and administrators in person and thousands more virtually.

Senior College Transfer Fair

Host a recruitment table at higher education’s largest and only transfer fair specifically for high-achieving two-year college students from around the world. Senior College Transfer Fair: Friday, April 8 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm MDT Saturday, April 9 | 12-2 pm MDT

Exclusive Transfer Partners Event Transfer Recruiter Reception Friday, April 8 | 4-5:30 pm MDT

Specialized Educational Forum for PTK College Partners: Saturday, April 9 | 8:30-9:30 am MDT


Show your support of the students we serve by sponsoring PTK Catalyst. Receive exclusive benefits such as a recruitment table for the entire three-day event, complimentary registration for the Senior College Transfer Fair, and recognition on the event website. Sponsorship levels vary with exposure opportunities. Learn more at or email

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PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE Don’t see your institution listed? Contact us at to become a Partner in Excellence. *denotes 2021 PTK Transfer Honor Roll Winner

Alabama Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University – Montgomery Birmingham-Southern College Huntingdon College Jacksonville State University Judson College Samford University *Spring Hill College The University of Alabama at Birmingham The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Troy University University of Montevallo University of North Alabama University of South Alabama Alaska University of Alaska – Fairbanks Arizona *Arizona State University Benedictine University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Grand Canyon University – Phoenix *Northern Arizona University *Prescott College *The University of Arizona Arkansas Arkansas Tech University Harding University Hendrix College Ouachita Baptist University University of Arkansas – Fayetteville University of Arkansas – Fort Smith University of the Ozarks Williams Baptist College

California Antioch University – Los Angeles Antioch University – Santa Barbara California Institute of Integral Studies California Lutheran University California State University – Chico California State University – Sacramento California State University – Stanislaus Claremont McKenna College Dominican University of California Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – San Diego Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – Orange County Fresno Pacific University Golden Gate University Holy Names University *Loyola Marymount University Menlo College Mills College Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute Mount St. Mary’s University National University – San Diego Notre Dame de Namur University Occidental College Pepperdine University Pomona College Providence Christian College Saint Mary’s College of California San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco State University Santa Clara University Stanford University University of La Verne University of Redlands *University of San Francisco University of the Pacific Whittier College Woodbury University Colorado *Colorado Mesa University Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University – Fort Collins Colorado State University – Pueblo Fort Lewis College *Metropolitan State University of Denver Regis University – Colorado Springs Regis University – Denver *University of Colorado – Boulder University of Colorado – Colorado Springs University of Colorado – Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Western Colorado University

Connecticut Albertus Magnus College Eastern Connecticut State University Holy Apostles College and Seminary Lincoln College of New England Mitchell College Quinnipiac University Sacred Heart University Trinity College University of Connecticut University of Hartford *University of New Haven University of Saint Joseph Yale University – Eli Whitney Student Program Delaware Goldey-Beacom College University of Delaware Widener University – Wilmington *Wilmington University District of Columbia American University Corcoran College of Art and Design George Washington University Georgetown University *Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies The Catholic University of America Trinity Washington University Florida Barry University Bethune-Cookman University *Eckerd College Edward Waters College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach Flagler College Florida A&M University Florida Atlantic University Florida College Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Institute of Technology *Florida International University Florida Polytechnic University *Florida Southern College Hodges University Jacksonville University Keiser University Lynn University *New College of Florida Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University *Rollins College Saint Leo University

Bri Barone Bri Barone was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a three-time graduate of Anne Arundel Community College, most recently completing an associate degree in teaching. She will attend Rider University in New Jersey this fall on the prestigious Transfer Trustee Scholarship, which covers full tuition for two years of full-time study. Only three of these awards are given, and they are exclusively for active Phi Theta Kappa members. As a first-generation college student, Bri initially found navigating the college transfer process confusing and taxing. She utilized PTK Connect in the first few months of her transfer journey to research potential colleges. Through the platform, she found an array of colleges both in- and out-ofstate that boasted the small class sizes and tightknit community that were important to her.

“PTK Connect allowed me to explore where my fit could be while making sure I was taking advantage of competitive scholarship and financial aid programs available,” she said. “(It) gave me peace of mind that there were strong fits and cost-effective options for me, even if it meant challenging my comfort zone and looking out-of-state.”

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Makena Harrison

Makena Harrison attended Augusta University in Georgia in 2019 but transferred to Georgia Military College – Augusta Campus when COVID-19 hit in 2020. She heard about Phi Theta Kappa on a campus visit. In March 2021, she graduated with a degree in early childhood education. She utilized PTK Connect to research colleges all over the nation and to find an option that was both affordable and offered scholarships exclusively to PTK members. The platform also enabled her to customize a search based on personal preferences, which led her to discover Arizona State University.

“PTK has helped me pay for college and search for four-year colleges while I’m at it,” she said. “I primarily searched for colleges that offered PTK scholarships. The other colleges that didn’t have it would be at the bottom of my list. Overall, PTK has been the best thing to happen to me during my college career.”

(Florida cont.)

St. Petersburg College St. Thomas University Stetson University *The University of Tampa University of Central Florida University of Florida – Gainesville University of Miami University of South Florida – Sarasota-Manatee University of South Florida – Tampa University of West Florida Georgia Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Agnes Scott College Berry College Brewton-Parker College *Georgia Southern University Georgia State University LaGrange College Mercer University Middle Georgia State University *Oglethorpe University Savannah College of Art and Design Shorter University Spelman College Toccoa Falls College University of West Georgia Hawaii Chaminade University of Honolulu Hawaii Pacific University Idaho Boise State University College of Idaho *Northwest Nazarene University University of Idaho Illinois Augustana College Aurora University Benedictine University Blackburn College Bradley University Chicago State University Columbia College Chicago Concordia University *DePaul University Dominican University *Eastern Illinois University *Elmhurst University Eureka College Governors State University Greenville University *Illinois College *Illinois Institute of Technology

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*Illinois State University Knox College *Lake Forest College Lakeview College of Nursing Lewis University Lexington College Lincoln College Lindenwood University – Belleville *Loyola University Chicago MacMurray College McKendree University Methodist College *Millikin University *Monmouth College National-Louis University *North Central College North Park University Northeastern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Olivet Nazarene University Quincy University Robert Morris University Illinois Rockford University Roosevelt University Rush University Saint Xavier University School of the Art Institute of Chicago Southern Illinois University – Carbondale *Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Trinity Christian College Trinity International University University of Chicago University of Illinois Chicago University of Illinois Springfield University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign University of St. Francis Western Illinois University Indiana Anderson University Ball State University Bethel University Butler University Calumet College of Saint Joseph Franklin College Goshen College Hanover College Holy Cross College Indiana State University Indiana Tech Indiana University – Bloomington Indiana University – Kokomo Indiana University Purdue University – Columbus Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis Indiana Wesleyan University Manchester University

*Marian University Purdue University Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary’s College Taylor University Trine University University of Evansville University of Indianapolis University of Saint Francis *Valparaiso University Iowa *Buena Vista University *Clarke University *Cornell College Central College Coe College *Drake University Graceland University *Grand View University *Iowa State University Iowa Wesleyan University Morningside College *Mount Mercy University Palmer College of Chiropractic Simpson College St. Ambrose University University of Dubuque University of Iowa *University of Northern Iowa Waldorf University Wartburg College William Penn University Kansas Baker University Benedictine College Bethany College Bethel College Emporia State University Fort Hays State University *Friends University Hesston College *Kansas State University Kansas Wesleyan University McPherson College MidAmerica Nazarene University *Newman University Ottawa University Pittsburg State University Southwestern College Sterling College Tabor College *The University of Kansas University of Saint Mary Washburn University *Wichita State University

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Kentucky Bellarmine University Brescia University Georgetown College Lindsey Wilson College Midway University Morehead State University Murray State University Northern Kentucky University University of Kentucky *University of Louisville University of Pikeville *Western Kentucky University Louisiana Centenary College of Louisiana Dillard University Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Grambling State University Louisiana College Louisiana State University – Alexandria *Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge Louisiana Tech University *Loyola University New Orleans McNeese State University Northwestern State University Southern University at New Orleans Tulane University University of Holy Cross University of Louisiana at Monroe University of New Orleans Xavier University of Louisiana Maine College of the Atlantic Husson University Saint Joseph’s College of Maine University of Maine – Farmington University of Maine – Fort Kent University of Maine – Orono University of Maine – Presque Isle University of Southern Maine Maryland Bowie State University Capitol Technology University Hood College Johns Hopkins University Loyola University Maryland McDaniel College Morgan State University Mount St. Mary’s University Notre Dame of Maryland University Salisbury University St. Mary’s College of Maryland *Stevenson University

Towson University University of Baltimore University of Maryland – Baltimore County University of Maryland – College Park University of Maryland – Eastern Shore Washington Adventist University Washington College Massachusetts *Anna Maria College Assumption University Babson College *Bay Path University *Becker College Bentley University Boston University Clark University College of the Holy Cross *Dean College Eastern Nazarene College Elms College *Emerson College Emmanuel College Hampshire College Harvard Extension School Hult International Business School Lasell University Lesley University *Merrimack College Mount Holyoke College Northeastern University Regis College Salem State University Simmons University Smith College *Springfield College *Suffolk University Tufts University University of Massachusetts – Boston University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth University of Massachusetts – Lowell Wentworth Institute of Technology Western New England University Wheaton College Williams College Worcester Polytechnic Institute Michigan Albion College Alma College Aquinas College Baker College Central Michigan University *College for Creative Studies Cornerstone University Davenport University

Partners in Excellence 17 (Michigan cont.)

Eastern Michigan University Ferris State University Grand Valley State University Hope College Kettering University Lake Superior State University Lawrence Technological University Madonna University Michigan State University Northern Michigan University Northwood University – Midland *Oakland University Rochester University Siena Heights University University of Detroit Mercy University of Michigan – Ann Arbor University of Michigan – Dearborn University of Michigan – Flint *Walsh College *Wayne State University Western Michigan University Minnesota Augsburg College Bethany Lutheran College Bethel University Capella University

Ferdinando Castro Gonzalez

College of Saint Benedict College of St. Scholastica Concordia College *Concordia University Crown College Gustavus Adolphus College Hamline University Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Minnesota State University – Mankato Minnesota State University – Moorhead North Central University Saint John’s University Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Southwest Minnesota State University St. Catherine University *St. Cloud State University University of Minnesota Winona State University Mississippi Alcorn State University *Belhaven University *Blue Mountain College Delta State University Jackson State University

An international student from Venezuela, Ferdinando Castro Gonzalez enrolled at Dallas College in Texas to develop his leadership skills in service to his college and community. He earned two United States Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for completing more than 2,000 hours of community service in an academic year and was named the 2020 Student Volunteer of the Year in his district. Additional accolades followed, including being one of 20 named to the prestigious 2021 AllUSA Academic Team and selected as the 2021 Texas Student of the Year. Despite his achievements, Ferdinando was unprepared for the transfer process. He used PTK Connect as a course to teach him how to transfer and learned how to meet crucial deadlines, how to spot information that could help him select a good-fit college, and how important it is to connect with writing instructors. He’s transferring to Columbia University this fall to study political science.

“(PTK Connect) educated me that I need to choose a university not for the name, but for how well their programs match my goals and future career,” he said. “Most of my first choices were not a good fit for me. PTK Connect inspired me to see my university as an investment, where I need to ensure I am going to an institution that will bring the most out of me.”

18 Partners in Excellence (Mississippi cont.)

Millsaps College Mississippi College *Mississippi State University Mississippi University for Women Mississippi Valley State University *The University of Mississippi *The University of Southern Mississippi Tougaloo College William Carey University Missouri Avila University Central Methodist University Columbia College Cottey College Culver-Stockton College Drury University Fontbonne University Hannibal-LaGrange University Harris-Stowe State University *Lindenwood University – St. Charles Maryville University of Saint Louis Missouri Baptist University Missouri Southern State University Missouri State University – Springfield Missouri State University – West Plains *Missouri University of Science & Technology Northwest Missouri State University Park University Rockhurst University Saint Louis University Southeast Missouri State University Southwest Baptist University St. Louis College of Pharmacy *Stephens College Truman State University University of Central Missouri University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis University of Missouri – Columbia University of Missouri – Kansas City University of Missouri – St. Louis Washington University *Webster University Westminster College William Jewell College William Woods University Montana *Carroll College University of Montana Western Nebraska *Bellevue University Chadron State College College of Saint Mary Concordia University

Doane University Hastings College Midland University Nebraska Methodist College Nebraska Wesleyan University Peru State College University of Nebraska – Lincoln University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska at Omaha Wayne State College Nevada Sierra Nevada University New Hampshire Franklin Pierce University Plymouth State University Rivier College Southern New Hampshire University University of New Hampshire New Jersey Bloomfield College Caldwell University Centenary University Drew University Fairleigh Dickinson University Felician University *Georgian Court University *Kean University Monmouth University Montclair State University New Jersey City University New Jersey Institute of Technology Princeton University *Rider University *Rowan University Rutgers University – New Brunswick *Rutgers University – Newark Saint Elizabeth University *Saint Peter’s University Seton Hall University Stevens Institute of Technology Stockton University The College of New Jersey William Paterson University New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University New Mexico Highlands University New Mexico Institute of Mining and Tech New Mexico State University The University of New Mexico University of New Mexico

New York *Adelphi University Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Alfred State College Alfred University Berkeley College *Binghamton University Canisius College Cazenovia College Clarkson University College of Mount Saint Vincent Columbia University Columbia University – School of General Studies Cornell University Daemen College Dowling College *Elmira College Farmingdale State College Fordham University Hartwick College Hilbert College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Hunter College – CUNY Iona College Ithaca College John Jay College of Criminal Justice Keuka College Le Moyne College *LIM College Long Island University – Brooklyn *Long Island University – Post Manhattan College Manhattanville College Maria College Marist College Marymount Manhattan College Medaille College Mercy College Molloy College Mount Saint Mary College Nazareth College *New York Institute of Technology New York University *Niagara University Pace University Paul Smith’s College *Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester Institute of Technology *Russell Sage College Sage College of Albany Saint Francis College Sarah Lawrence College Siena College St. Bonaventure University

*St. John Fisher College St. John’s University St. Joseph’s College St. Lawrence University St. Thomas Aquinas College SUNY Cobleskill SUNY College of Environmental Science *SUNY Cortland SUNY Delhi *SUNY Geneseo SUNY Maritime College SUNY Morrisville SUNY Oneonta SUNY Plattsburgh *SUNY Polytechnic Institute SUNY Stony Brook University SUNY University at Buffalo Syracuse University *The College of Saint Rose The College of Westchester The King’s College The New School Union College University of Rochester Utica College Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology Villa Maria College of Buffalo *Wagner College Wells College North Carolina *Appalachian State University *Barton College Belmont Abbey College Campbell University Catawba College Chowan University Elon University Gardner-Webb University Guilford College High Point University Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte *Lees-McRae College Lenoir-Rhyne University Meredith College North Carolina A&T State University *North Carolina Wesleyan College Pfeiffer University Queens University of Charlotte Salem College University of North Carolina Asheville University of North Carolina Greensboro University of North Carolina Wilmington Warren Wilson College William Peace University Wingate University

20 Partners in Excellence

North Dakota Dickinson State University Mayville State University Minot State University North Dakota State University University of Jamestown University of Mary University of North Dakota Valley City State University Ohio Antioch College Antioch University – Midwest Ashland University Aultman College *Baldwin Wallace University *Bluffton University Capital University Case Western Reserve University Central State University Cleveland Institute of Art Cleveland State University Defiance College Franciscan University Franklin University Heidelberg University *Hiram College John Carroll University Kent State University Kenyon College Lake Erie College Lourdes University Malone University Miami University Mount St. Joseph University Mount Vernon Nazarene University Muskingum University Notre Dame College Oberlin College Ohio Christian University *Ohio Dominican University Ohio State University Ohio State University at Mansfield *Ohio University Shawnee State University Tiffin University Union Institute & University University of Cincinnati University of Dayton *University of Mount Union University of Rio Grande University of Toledo Urbana University Ursuline College Wilberforce University *Wilmington College

Wittenberg University Wright State University Xavier University Oklahoma Cameron University East Central University Northeastern State University Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Panhandle State University Oklahoma State University – Stillwater Oral Roberts University Rogers State University Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Nazarene University University of Central Oklahoma University of Oklahoma University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma University of Tulsa Oregon Corban University *Eastern Oregon University Lewis & Clark College Linfield University Oregon Institute of Technology Oregon State University *Pacific University Portland State University Reed College University of Oregon University of Portland Warner Pacific University Western Oregon University Willamette University Pennsylvania Albright College Allegheny College Alvernia University Arcadia University Bloomsburg University Cabrini University California University of Pennsylvania Carlow University Cedar Crest College *Chatham University Chestnut Hill College *Delaware Valley University DeSales University Dickinson College Drexel University *Duquesne University East Stroudsburg University Edinboro University of Pennsylvania *Elizabethtown College

Partners in Excellence 21 (Pennsylvania cont.)

Franklin & Marshall College Gannon University Geneva College Gwynedd Mercy University Harrisburg University Holy Family University Immaculata University Juniata College *King’s College Keystone College *Kutztown University La Roche University *La Salle University Lebanon Valley College Lehigh University Lincoln University Lycoming College Marywood University Mercyhurst University Messiah University Misericordia University Moravian College Mount Aloysius College Muhlenberg College *Neumann University Peirce College Penn State University – Abington Penn State University – University Park Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Pennsylvania College of Technology Pennsylvania State University Philadelphia Biblical University Point Park University *Robert Morris University Rosemont College *Saint Joseph’s University Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Susquehanna University Swarthmore College Temple University Thiel College Thomas Jefferson University University of Pittsburgh *University of Pittsburgh at Bradford University of Scranton University of the Sciences Ursinus College Villanova University Widener University – Chester *Wilkes University *York College of Pennsylvania Rhode Island Bryant University Johnson & Wales University – Providence

*Roger Williams University Salve Regina University University of Rhode Island South Carolina Anderson University Bob Jones University Clemson University Coastal Carolina University College of Charleston *Columbia College Converse College Erskine College Francis Marion University Furman University Lander University Newberry College North Greenville University Presbyterian College *Southern Wesleyan University University of South Carolina – Beaufort University of South Carolina – Columbia Winthrop University Wofford College South Dakota Augustana University Dakota State University Dakota Wesleyan University Mount Marty College University of Sioux Falls University of South Dakota Tennessee Austin Peay State University Baptist Health Sciences University Belmont University Bethel University Bryan College *Carson-Newman University Cumberland University East Tennessee State University Fisk University *Freed-Hardeman University King University Lane College *Lee University LeMoyne-Owen College Lincoln Memorial University *Lipscomb University Martin Methodist College *Maryville College Middle Tennessee State University Milligan College Sewanee: The University of the South

22 Partners in Excellence (Tennessee cont.)

Tennessee Technological University *Trevecca Nazarene University Tusculum University Union University University of Memphis University of Tennessee – Chattanooga University of Tennessee – Knoxville University of Tennessee – Martin Vanderbilt University Texas Abilene Christian University Angelo State University Austin College Baylor University Bellevue University *Dallas Baptist University *East Texas Baptist University Hardin-Simmons University Houston Baptist University Lamar University Letourneau University McMurry University Midwestern State University Northwood University – Cedar Hill Our Lady of the Lake University Paul Quinn College Prairie View A&M University Rice University Southern Methodist University Southwestern University *St. Edward’s University St. Mary’s University Stephen F. Austin State University Tarleton State University Texas A&M University – Central Texas Texas A&M University – College Station Texas A&M University – Commerce *Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Texas A&M University – Galveston Texas A&M University – Kingsville Texas A&M University – San Antonio Texas Chiropractic College Texas Christian University *Texas Lutheran University Texas State University *Texas Tech University *Texas Wesleyan University Texas Woman’s University *The University of Texas – Arlington The University of Texas – Dallas The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley The University of Texas – San Antonio The University of Texas – Tyler Trinity University University of Dallas University of Houston

University of North Texas University of St. Thomas University of the Incarnate Word Wayland Baptist University West Texas A&M University Utah Dixie State University University of Utah Utah Valley University Westminster College Vermont Champlain College Goddard College Marlboro College University of Vermont Virginia Averett University Bridgewater College Christopher Newport University Eastern Mennonite University Emory and Henry College George Mason University Hollins University Liberty University Longwood University Mary Baldwin University Marymount University Norfolk State University Radford University Randolph College *Randolph-Macon College Regent University Roanoke College Sweet Briar College University of Lynchburg University of Mary Washington University of Richmond Virginia Tech Virginia Wesleyan University William & Mary Washington *Antioch University – Seattle Bastyr University Central Washington University Eastern Washington University *Gonzaga University Pacific Lutheran University Saint Martin’s University Seattle Pacific University University of Washington – Bothell Washington State University – Everett Washington State University – Vancouver Western Washington University *Whitworth University

Partners in Excellence 23

West Virginia Alderson Broaddus University Concord University Fairmont State University Ohio Valley University Shepherd University West Virginia State University West Virginia Wesleyan College Wheeling Jesuit University Wisconsin Alverno College Beloit College Cardinal Stritch University Carroll University *Carthage College Edgewood College Lakeland University Lawrence University *Marquette University Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Mount Mary University *Northland College Ripon College Silver Lake College of the Holy Family University of Wisconsin – La Crosse University of Wisconsin – Madison University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee University of Wisconsin – River Falls University of Wisconsin – Stout Viterbo University Wisconsin Lutheran College

The University of Arizona – Global Thomas Edison State University University of Florida – Online University of Kansas – Online University of Maryland – Global University of Pennsylvania, Penn LPS Online Upper Iowa University Washington State University – Global *Western Governors University Wilmington University Online

Wyoming University of Wyoming International Franklin University Switzerland Richmond University – The American University in London The American University of Paris Online American InterContinental University Colorado Technical University Drexel University East Tennessee State University Excelsior College Franklin University Grand Canyon University Harvard Extension School Liberty University Online Mississippi State University Online National University Oregon State University Ecampus Purdue University Global Southern New Hampshire University

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