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UNG President Bonita Jacobs appointed to national task force on transfer credit

Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of
North Georgia (UNG), has been appointed to the American Council on Education (ACE) National Task Force on
Transfer of Credit. The task force is focused on improving
transfer and award of credit practices to spur student success
and reduce the time it takes to graduate.
ACE announced members of the task force, which include
presidents and chancellors of two- and four-year,
public and private nonprofit colleges and universities
from across the country, on Jan. 30. The task force will
produce a report containing best practices and emerging
strategies in early 2021.
“Transfer students are a unique and growing group
who have much to contribute to the college campus community,
but they sometimes encounter challenges associated
with the transfer process, especially in awarding
of credits,” Jacobs said. “I look forward to contributing to
national solutions that support seamless transfer of credits
for students.”
A 2018 snapshot from National Student Clearinghouse
data found that more than a million students, 38% of the
2.8 million entering college for the first time in fall 2011,
transferred to a different institution at least once within
six years. Unfortunately, as these students transfer,
many of them lose academic credit.
Jacobs founded the National Institute for the Study
of Transfer Students (NISTS), which is hosted at UNG’s
Dahlonega Campus, in 2002 in response to a lack of professional
development opportunities and research literature
focused on transfer students. NISTS is the only
national organization solely focused on transfer student
success.
Jacobs also has published “The College Transfer Student
in America: The Forgotten Student” and is a frequent
speaker on transfer and student success issues

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