Special Event for Great Women’s Colleges

This Thursday! Per our Transfer Magician, Ellen Goldberg:

I invited 4300 rock star women with GPAs of 3.4 or higher in the district to attend Information Sessions (at HWC and Wright College too) for Smith College or Mount Holyoke College.  The one at HWC will be on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in room 102 from 3-4:30 p.m. Smith and Holyoke are two amazing liberal arts schools for women in Massachusetts who love our students and typically give them full-ride scholarships. I went back to the data from the information session last year in October of 2013, and out of the 10 women that attended, two are at Mount Holyoke, and one is at Smith. That’s so awesome that 3 out of 10 actually transferred to New England! Dulce Mora Flores (our Jack Kent Cooke Winner) went to Smith College. Janelle Thorson from HWC went to Mount Holyoke and Kimberly Neil from Malcolm X College went to Mount Holyoke. Check out the link with photos of the women at HWC, Malcolm X, and Wright that transferred this fall! http://bit.ly/Smith-HolyokeCCCTumblr We owe are thanks to the amazing Professor Emeritus, Betty Harris, who established the relationship with Smith and Holyoke! It has really grown over the last decade!

Please remind any great students to go and check it out–they love our students and take good care of them. It’s  a great opportunity for non-traditional, women students. In the last two years, two of the students who received full rides were great students who got the email about the event, didn’t read it, and only went because someone told them about it, which led to them finding, in their words, their “dream school” and getting full rides.

Tell someone to go. Even if she doesn’t love these schools, she may get the message that she can dream big.

Visit from the Sister Colleges

From Ellen Goldberg:

Hello all,

I wanted to remind all you rock star women that tomorrow is the Smith College and Mount Holyoke College Reception for Prospective Students!

We will be welcoming Carolyn Dietel from Mount Holyoke and Sidonia Dalby from Smith to our campus!

Smith and Holyoke have a longstanding tradition of welcoming students to their campuses from the City Colleges of Chicago!

The Reception will be held in room 203 D/E  of Harold Washington College from 2:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

We hope to see you all there! If you know of any other amazing female students, please spread the word about this event!

Also, we will have yummy refreshments as well!

See you Thursday!


Both schools have programs that give full rides to non-traditional women students with housing for kids and all the rest. I’ve known and written letters for at least seven students who have attended one or the other and they’ve all been really successful there. So if you have a great woman student, kick her out of class this morning and send her down there…

Transfer Event Info: IIT Edition

From our fabulous Transfer Coordinator, Ellen Goldberg:

Hello Fabulous Colleagues, I need your help to spread the word!

On Wednesday, September 21 (Next Wednesday!) from 4:00-5:00 in room 102, the Illinois Institute of Technology will be holding an Information Session for interested students! Please note that in addition to IIT having STEM Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), they also have Sociology, Psychology, Business, Social Sciences, and Secondary Education-Math.

Then, on Friday, September 30 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m., we will have a campus visit.Students will meet at the Office of Undergraduate Admission, located in Perlstein Hall, Room 101, on the northwest corner of State and 33rd Streets. They are really rolling out the red carpet to include an Admission Presentation, a tour by students of the campus, and also a lunch with HWC Alums who transferred to IIT. I would like students to RSVP to me at egoldberg1@ccc.edu by September 21.

IIT offers the coveted Presidential Scholarship. You can read about it here.  IIT will give money to ALL students including International Students! 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing this information with your students! I appreciate it! 🙂

Please announce it to your classes today and tomorrow!

More Transfer Seminars–Next Week!

From Awesome Transfer Coordinator Ellen Goldberg:

Can you post this information this week and ask professors to plug it to their classes?

Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry Transfer Seminar:  Monday, April 11, 3-5 p.m.

Physics, Computer Science, and GIS Faculty: Tuesday, April 12, 3-5 p.m.

Both events will take place in room 1115.

Ellen Goldberg, M.Ed, MA
College Advisor/ Adjunct Spanish Professor
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60601

An Essay on Loneliness and Transfer and Disillusionment

So, I’m a regular reader of a Sports and Culture blog called Deadspin. You might have heard of it since the blog and its editor have been in the news quite a bit lately.

Last week, I read this essay, called “The Loneliness of The American College Transfer Student” about the author’s experience of going to a school with dreams and expectations that simply didn’t materialize, leading to the transfer out.

My own college experience was not much like the one described here, which is maybe why I found it so interesting–that and the fact that I know I’ve taught a lot of students who went through, in one way or another, experiences similar to those documented in the essay.

I sometimes forget that the so called “swirl” effect can be loaded with emotional baggage, too. The author writes:

There was a vending machine in the basement of South Quad, and I remember going down there frequently, mostly because I was fat and hungry, but also because I was secretly hoping to meet someone along the way. A girl. A friend. A Hare Krishna. Anyone. I didn’t care. I just wanted someone to talk to.

The terrible part about being lonely isn’t the isolation. It’s the feeling, deep down in your guts, that you will ALWAYS be isolated, and that you deserve it. I couldn’t make friends at Michigan, and each day I went without making a connection I felt more like I would NEVER make friends with anyone. Ever. And being alone that long made it feel as if everyone was right to ignore me. My loneliness was a kind of perverted validation of my unworthiness as someone to socialize with. I couldn’t make friends. Obviously, there had to be a reason for that. Perhaps many of them. Perhaps so many that they could never be rectified.

The language is crude in spots, and the comments are worse (which, if you know anything about Deadspin, is kind of the goal and what they’re (partly) famous for). Still, the essay is worth reading, I think.

PLEASE ANNOUNCE TO CLASS: Transfer Fair on Wednesday

A request from Ellen Goldberg to announce the following to your students today and tomorrow:

The City Colleges of Chicago and
The Harold Washington College Transfer Center
proudly presents:

The Harold Washington College Spring 2011 Transfer Fair

Where: Harold Washington College (Room 103)
When: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Do you know where you are going?

It’s never too soon to start planning where you are going to transfer after Graduation from the City Colleges of Chicago.

Meet college and university representatives who can help you transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Sixty Schools will be attending the Transfer Fair including: Howard University, Columbia University New York, Smith College, Augustana College, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Shimer College, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Depaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University plus many more!

Students, tell your friends!
Faculty, tell your students!
Staff, tell everybody! 🙂

Thank you! 🙂

Ellen Goldberg, M.Ed, MA
Director of the Transfer Center
Harold Washington College
30 E. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Transfer Career Symposium–Please Announce to Students

Ellen Goldberg has put together an awesome schedule of events for next week. Check it out HERE. In her own words:

Hello wonderful friends and colleagues on the HWC Faculty!
Please peruse the Itinerary for the first ever Transfer/ Career Symposium!

Let me know if you can bring your classes to anything!  I need your help! 🙂
We have amazing programming, but now we need students!
Spread the word! Plug this to your students! 🙂


Help her out.

More on Transfers and Research on Acceptance

The Chronicle published a minterview (mini-interview…get it? If it catches on, remember it was me first) with the Transfer Coordinator from DePaul in light of last week’s release of the report on Transfer Acceptance (the actual report is here). For example:

How do transfer students fit into your overall enrollment operation?

We consider it an offshoot of our mission. Transfer students bring a lot to the classroom, to the community. It’s a big part of who we are. There are a lot of students who decide for themselves that it’s better geographically or economically to start at a community college and transfer in later. We’ve invested a lot of time, effort, and research over the last five years to make sure DePaul is transfer-friendly and tech-friendly.

Before they apply, students can now transmit their transcripts online, and feed them into our system to get an almost instantaneous sense of how credits will transfer, and then also see how they will transfer to a particular degree program. This gives them a better sense of how long it might take them to get a degree. … As opposed to freshman admissions, we publish cleaner, more precise cutoffs for admission, so you know it’s only a matter of a certain number of credits and a certain grade-point average for 99.8 percent of students.

Check out the rest, too. It’s a fast read. Promise.

A New Study on Transfer Acceptance

Check it out here. Interesting info here that might be useful for advising students who are thinking about transferring.

The overall figures suggest that most students who apply to transfer are admitted and most of those who are admitted actually enroll (the figure known as yield). Over all, 64 percent of transfer applicants are admitted — a little less than those applying for first-time admission (69 percent).

Asked to identify factors that would make candidates more or less desirable for admission, those evaluating transfer applications were generally neutral, suggesting a focus on individual qualifications. The factor that was most likely to be viewed as “positive” was prior attendance at a highly competitive four-year institution, at 50.0 percent. In contrast, only 39.5 percent viewed earning an associate degree as a positive, as opposed to neutral. The factor most likely to be viewed as negative — at 10.6 percent of admissions officers — was a plan to enroll part time.

Where the public/private differences show up is in the factors that admissions officials say have “considerable importance” in admissions, with public institutions focused largely on grades in college generally and grades in transferable courses. Private colleges care about those things, too, but are more likely to care about a range of other factors.

Advising Model

I thought this was an interesting article on a different advising model for students.

I’m not totally clear on how it would work in, say, Illinois, but I like the idea of their being a team of advisors whose knowledge of the different state colleges is much more specialized than my own.  Failing the creation of something of this sort, I’d like to, at least, find some really good resources for giving students a sense of the strengths of different transfer possibilities (and the difficulties–particularly for transfers from a city college). The truth is that I don’t even know what life is now like at the college I went to. I know what it was like 20 years ago when I arrived on campus, but that was 20 years ago. Pretty sure some stuff is different now. I know a little about a few different places (UIC, DePaul, and Chicago State) through a select few former students, but not much.

I would really, really, really, like to see some surveying done of transferred students, post transfer, about the institutions they chose to try to get a sense of where I might direct students to (or away from) in the future.

I’d guess a lot of folks are looking for something like that (especially the students), and if it were an easy thing to make or find, it would be out there already and we’d know about it. I still can’t shake the feeling, though, that there has to be more info out there somewhere. There has to be a better resource (or model) than me making largely uninformed guesses about schools on the basis of things I’ve heard or surmised here and there.

Any ideas?