BOONE—Jane Rex, director of the Office of Transfer Articulation at Appalachian State University, has been honored by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS). Rex was one of five individuals who received the institute’s inaugural Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champions Award.
Rex was named director of the Office of Transfer Articulation at Appalachian in 2010, following a 23-year career with Caldwell Community College’s Watauga Division. The office provides prospective and currently enrolled students with the most accurate information regarding the transferability of credit; ensures that credits are applied appropriately either into a student’s major or into the university’s General Education Program; is a resource for all internal and external constituents; and assists transfer students with the transition to Appalachian’s main campus through the Jump Start Appalachian Program. Appalachian enrolled close to 1,700 transfer students in 2013, which is about one-third of the new students entering the university.
Rex has been called a student advocate and campus leader by her peers.
“If you have talked with Jane for more than five minutes, you have been told a quick fact about our transfer students, or been asked to provide some service for transfer students, or have been encouraged to consider accepting more credit from transfer students,” said Susan Davies, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at Appalachian. “Jane is the advocate for transfer students at Appalachian. Her commitment to the transfer student experience – from recruitment through transition to enrollment to graduation – is a lived commitment that she exhibits daily in her decision-making and interaction with others across campus.”
Rex’s focus on students also drew praise from Phil Lewis, coordinator of the Jump Start Appalachian Program. “For Jane, it’s all about the students and how best she can help students have the best possible experience at Appalachian,” Lewis said. “She is passionate about her work, and goes above and beyond all expectations in her powerful advocacy and support of the students with whom she clearly loves working.”
Transfer student Rick Wurth wrote of Rex’s ability to help transfer students navigate the course transfer process. “The transfer of credits from earlier collegiate institutions is one of the biggest issues many transfer students face. Jane tirelessly works to make this process as easy as possible for her students,” Wurth said. “She has a compassionate altruistic devotion to her students.”
Bonita Jacobs, for whom the award was named, founded NISTS in 2002 and has played a significant role in advancing the national conversation to better understand and serve transfer students, including focusing more on research and policy.
Also receiving the award, presented at the NISTS annual conference in Atlanta, were individuals from Monroe Community College in New York, Pacific University in Oregon, La Guardia Community College in New York and the Maricopa Community College District in Arizona.