2022 Virtual Conference

Supporting the Whole Transfer Student

Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25

Day 1 – Tuesday, May 24


9:30 am – Welcome from NYSTAA President

10 – 11:15 am – Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sofia Pertuz, Actionable Strategies to Support the WHOLE Student

11:15 am – Networking Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Concurrent Session I

  • Selective Transfer Admissions: The Ins and Outs of Transferring to Highly Selective Institutions
  • Starfish and Academic Advisement
  • ASAP to ACE: CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) to Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE)


12:30 – 1 pm – Lunch Break 

1 – 2:15 pm – Plenary Session, Yes We Must Coalition, What Every College and University that Cares About the Success of Low Income Students Should be Doing 

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm – Concurrent Session II

  • Transfer Trends at Common App
  • Supporting STEM Transfer Students
  • Do You Award Credit for…? A Roundtable Discussion on Credit for Prior Learning and Alternate Forms of Credit

3:30 – 4:30 pm – New Professionals Session

  • Hosted by NYSTAA President and President-elect, geared to professionals with one to three years in transfer


6:30 pm – Virtual Happy Hour/Networking opportunity 

  • Raffle winners announced, proceeds benefit NYSTAA student scholarships

Day 2 – Wednesday, May 25


9 – 10 am – NYSTAA Committee Meetings for current and any interested new member 

  • Conference/Issues Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Marketing and Communications Committee
  • Scholarship Committee

10 -10:15 am – Break

10:15 – 11:15 am – Break out Sessions

  • 2-year Colleges
  • 4-year Public Colleges
  • 4-year Private Colleges

11 -11:15 am – Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Concurrent Session III

  • Transfer Services in a Post-ish COVID World
  • Supporting Student Wellbeing through the Transfer Process



12:30 pm – NYSTAA Annual Business Meeting/Working Lunch 

  • Student Scholarship Winners Announced
  • NYSTAA Award Announcements
  • Conference Wrap-Up/Pass the Buck to new NYSTAA President

2 pm – NYSTAA Executive Board Meeting

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker · Sofia B. Pertuz, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Managing Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Billie Jean King Enterprises

Actionable Strategies to Support the WHOLE Student

Students who attend colleges and universities come with complex lives with competing priorities that impact their engagement and decision making. Recognizing that emotional health is tied to students completing degrees at one institution or deciding to transfer to another, the focus on mental health and wellbeing is critical. So what does it mean to support the WHOLE student? This interactive presentation will explore various approaches and frameworks for caring for the most vulnerable student populations. In addition to helpful strategies, shifting mindsets are critical to being open to providing culturally responsive support for all students and for colleagues.

Plenary Speakers · Gloria Nemerowicz, Ph.D.

and Ann Landis, Ph.D.

Yes We Must Coalition

What Every College and University that Cares about the Success of Low-Income Students Should be Doing

The Yes We Must Coalition (YWMC) is a group of 43 private, non-profit colleges and universities across the US and Puerto Rico where the undergraduate enrollment is 50% or more Pell-eligible.  After 10 years of working together to identify and remove barriers to the success of leaners from low-income backgrounds, the Coalition has produced a list of 14 items, “What Every College and University That Cares About The Success of Low-Income Students Should Be Doing.”  All of the items are applicable to the successful recruitment, retention and degree completion of transfer students.  In this presentation, the President and Program Manager of the Coalition will discuss these items and the context that makes attention to them essential to meet the needs of the new student majority.  Representatives from three YWMC member schools, all in NY state, will join the presentation to illustrate how their campuses are addressing several of the items.

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