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Challenges of transfer leaders a marginalizationalpha

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Unformatted text preview: as an APU student c. Generalized ‘Nature’ of Transfer Students 2. The function of Transfer Leaders in relation to Transfer Students a. Providing/sharing resources b. Providing community 3. The functions of the OAT office in relation to Transfer Leaders a. Preparing/training the Transfer Leaders b. Facilitating meetings and community amongst transfer leaders 4. Challenges of Transfer Leaders a. Marginalization—Alpha Program vs. Transfer Program b. Limitations 5. Improvement of Transfer Program a. Shared current improvements b. Expressing desire to develop Category 1: A major, reoccurring theme that has been seen in all my data, primarily in my interviews, has been the emphasis of identity of transfers and their needs and desires as new, incoming students. For my interviews, I interviewed two transfer leaders, one male and one female, who both transferred two APU the previous year. The third person I interviewed was an Alpha Coordinator, who had a general understanding of the Transfer Leader Program. During the interview, I asked both transfer leaders, and the Alpha Coordinator, how they have seen the needs of transfers, through personal experience and through their observations of transfer students. Each interviewee indicated two needs and desires of transfer students: 1) a desire to function properly as an APU student and 2) a desire for a community. Holly expressed, “…[transfers] needs of just means of just needing to talk to somebody….And just being connected with other people, really, the most needs that I get from transfers…” During my interview, Joey emphasized the need for friendship...
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