University of Wisconsin - Parkside

06/17/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/16/2024 23:01

UW Parkside Selected as Member of Aspen AASCU Transfer Student Success Intensive 2024 2025 Cohort

UW-Parkside Selected as Member of Aspen-AASCU Transfer Student Success Intensive 2024-2025 Cohort

Published: June 17, 2024

The one-year intensive involves monthly sessions to strengthen partnerships between community colleges and AASCU members, focusing on improving practices and policies for equitable transfer student success.

Somers, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside was selected by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (Aspen) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to join the latest cohort of the Aspen-AASCU Transfer Student Success Intensive.

UW-Parkside joins its partner Gateway Technical College and 18 other two- and four-year colleges engaged in the third Intensive cohort. Selected from an applicant pool of 97 institutions and three systems from 24 states, the three cohorts collectively represent a total enrollment of over 1.3 million undergraduate students from across the U.S.

The Intensive, funded by Ascendium Education Philanthropy, is a one-year initiative of monthly sessions designed to support partnerships between community colleges and AASCU members in advancing the practices and policies associated with improved, more equitable transfer student success. UW-Parkside will join a community of practice focused on transfer and equity, receive one-on-one consulting with experts, and work to identify, collect, understand, and utilize critical transfer outcomes and equity data to develop a forward-looking strategic transfer plan.

The participating institutions include:

State 4-Year Institution 2-Year Partner


Athens State University Calhoun Community College

California State University, Channel Islands

Oxnard College
AZ Northern Arizona University Arizona Western College
VA James Madison University Blue Ridge Community College
TX Texas A&M University - Texarkana Texarkana College
TX University of Houston, Victoria Victoria College
WI University of Wisconsin - Parkside Gateway Technical College
WA Washington State University - Everett Everett Community College
IL Western Illinois University Spoon River College
MA Westfield State University Holyoke Community College

Institutions interested in future cohorts may contact the Aspen Transfer Intensive team, led by Senior Program Manager Kate Hamilton ([email protected]).

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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.

The Aspen-AASCU Transfer Student Success Initiative is presented by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and generously funded by Ascendium.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization whose purpose is to ignite human potential to build understanding and create new possibilities for a better world. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve society's greatest challenges. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program supports colleges and universities in their quest to achieve a higher standard of excellence, delivering credentials that unlock life-changing careers and strengthen our economy, society, and democracy. We know it takes visionary college leaders to lead scaled, sustainable reforms, and we make it our mission to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and research-backed tools to inspire change, shift practice, and advance the capacity of colleges to deliver excellent and equitable student outcomes.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of 350 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions' economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America's Promise. Visit us at   

Media Contact:

Scott Rudie
Executive Director of Communication and Marketing
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
[email protected] | (262) 300-9549