A transfer program at Towson University has been named a gold recipient in the Excellence Awards of NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.
The program, called “Testing, Translating and Transforming Transfer Transitions at Towson University,” won in the Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, Orientation, Parents, First-Year, Other-Year and Related categories, and will be honored in March at the 2013 NASPA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fl.
Among other characteristics, recipients were selected for having a positive impact on student learning; demonstrating success in addressing student needs and critical campus issues; collaboration with academic affairs and other departments; originality and creativity; effective use of technology; relevance of institutional mission; and evidence of sustainability.
“While just a few years ago, students described their transfer orientation as a bad day at the DMV, the recent survey data indicate a significant increase in students feeling more prepared to begin at Towson University as well as feeling more connected to the institution than in years past,” says Assistant Provost Toyia Younger.
“The Excellence Awards embody the overarching goals set-forth by NASPA: to lead in the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession,” explains Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA. “We are proud to promote the innovative work taking place on Towson University’s campus, and encourage institutions to follow suit and join the movement.”