It Takes a Village (or an Entire State) to Transform Transfer
Heather Adams, Tackling Transfer
When she isn’t renovating farmhouses from the 1860s, Patricia Parker is wrangling more than 1,500 higher education professionals from Virginia’s two-year and four-year institutions, the K-12 sector, and leaders from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Virginia’s Community College System. Her goal: to improve the transfer pathways for students.
It takes a force of nature to manage, coach, and convene that many stakeholders on transfer—and Parker, the program director for Transfer Virginia, is a powerhouse. In just over two years, Transfer Virginia leaders have taken key steps to reform and improve the transfer experience in the state to bring about measurable progress on student success and equity.