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Since its launch in 2011, LINK scholars have earned significantly higher GPAs, completed more credit hours toward graduation and have remained in engineering at South more than their cohort.

Efforts are underway to significantly enhance support activities at for transfer students, utilizing a community building model.  An NSF funded initiative provides scholarships for qualified students.  Through this, a student success seminar has been created to familiarize students with university resources, academic success skills, and engineering productivity tools, such as Excel.  The seminar also aims to help students recognize when they need assistance and how to effectively seek help.  Group activities encourage the development of team skills and facilitate the formation of study groups.  Faculty and student mentor triads are formed to further assist in the transfer process, providing an opportunity for direct interactions with faculty and upper-class students.  Important lessons have been learned in the early stages of the program.

References

-J Laier, S J Steadman, and G D Jefferson, "Improving transfer student success," in ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, 2014. 

-G D Jefferson, S J Steadman, and F C Dougherty, "Transfer student retention: Lessons learned," in ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, 2013.