Faculty Quotes on Teaching Transfer Students

Research at the local Elkhorn Slough. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.

At UC Santa Cruz, we appreciate our transfer students and their diverse contributions. Polled about their opinions on transfer students, here is what our faculty has to say:

"As a relatively new faculty member, I have been consistently impressed with the intellectual curiosity and work ethic of transfer students in my courses at UCSC. Transfer students bring much needed diversity in terms of ideas, backgrounds, and experiences, and in so doing enrich the campus learning community in immeasurable ways."
--George Bunch, Assistant Professor, Education

 “Because of their various experiences in different cultures, institutions, and career paths, transfer and re-entry students bring diversity and a broader perspective to their UCSC classes and performance ensembles.”
— Linda Burman-Hall, Professor, Music

“I have been teaching for over 40 years, and when I recount the best students with whom I have worked, the list is dominated by transfer students. Transfer students bring a maturity, sense of purpose, and willingness to contribute that is refreshing to observe and a joy for collaboration.”
— Martin M. Chemers, Professor Emeritus, Psychology

“I have found that many of my best students are transfer students. They are usually more focused and diligent, motivated, and socially aware. It is refreshing to have their perspective, which brings maturity and life experience to the classroom.”
—Jennifer González, Professor and Chair, History of Art and Visual Culture

 “I always like seeing transfer and re-entry students in my courses. Transfer students bring great experiences and different ways of looking at things to our community, enriching everyone's education. Every transfer student should jump in and get involved in classes, student organizations, and the campus the moment he or she arrives at UC Santa Cruz.”
— Richard Hughey, Professor, Biomolecular Engineering and Computer Engineering

"My lectures often include break-out discussion groups, and laboratory courses require independent effort as well as teamwork. The success of my courses, then, depends in part on student preparation, maturity, and motivation. I can count on transfer and re-entry students to have the focus and engagement that raises the quality of these learning experiences for everyone."
Deborah Letourneau, Professor, Environmental Studies

“Transfer students, in my experience, have a seriousness of purpose and a sense of direction that is beyond the ordinary. They understand the value of what is on offer at UCSC, and they know how best to take advantage of what is on offer.”
— Jim McCloskey, Professor and Chair, Linguistics

“Transfer students bring a different perspective to the class and often have taken a non-standard route to the UC. These perspectives add value to the courses for the other students and for me. Because I teach primarily field-intensive classes, students really get to know each other and share experiences that are uncommon and intense. It is precisely in these situations where the value of differing perspectives and backgrounds is most apparent.”
—Pete Raimondi, Professor and Chair, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

“Transfer and re-entry students bring a maturity, a seriousness of purpose, and a different set of life experiences to the classroom, all especially valuable for producing original creative work and analyzing today's media landscape.”
—Shelley Stamp, Professor, Film and Digital Media

“If I could only choose one student next year, and randomly, it would be a transfer student. They are seriously not kidding around.”
—Avril Thorne, Professor, Psychology

“Research shows that a high percentage of Latinos who join the professoriate started their education at community colleges. I was one of those students: among the first generation to enter higher education, and I began at the local community college. Transfer students bring a wonderful, inquiring approach to learning, probably because we have worked so hard to get into a university to begin with.”
— Patricia Zavella, Professor and Chair, Latin American and Latino Studies

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