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Samantha DildayApril 9, 2013ENC 3331Analysis of the Situation
Analysis of the Transition Process for UCF Transfer Students
 Being a new student in college is a difficult adjustment. What many people don't realizeis that being a transfer student is an even bigger adjustment. Not only do transfer students need tolearn the ropes, but they have to have everything figured out in a much shorter period of timewhen compared to incoming freshman. This is the case in every college, but as a transfer studentat the University of Central Florida, this issue hits close to home for me. It's difficult to getinvolved on campus when you feel thrown into a system you know nothing about, aren't surewhere to go to for resources, and are short on time. This lack of accessible information is wherethe problem resides. Incoming transfer students at UCF who want to get involved on campusdon't know how. This lack of knowledge prevents them from getting involved on campus or instudent organizations. This lack of information also contributes to a lack of identification withthe UCF student community and a lack of school spirit from these transfer students. Theuniversity has tried to solve this problem in a few different ways, including building a websitefor transfer students and by giving transfer students their own orientation. Ultimately though,these rhetorical approaches have failed to solve the issues at hand. As they now stand, theorientation and transition processes for incoming transfer students at UCF are inadequate. I willdevote the rest of this analysis to discussing previous attempts by the university to fix this problem, as well as where the rhetorical breakdown occurred.
 
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Upon being accepted into UCF, transfer students are first introduced to the campusthrough a transfer student orientation. During this orientation, students are brought into a largedining hall where they view a PowerPoint and listen to a lecture by university leaders andadvisors. The entire orientation lasts for only a few hours, in which time these speakers lecture tostudents on how to select a major, how to sign up for classes, and how the students may need toadjust their study habits in order to meet higher level course standards. While all of this isvaluable information for incoming transfer students to hear, the speakers barely touch upon howto get involved on campus, in regard to activities and organizations. This contrasts with thefreshman orientation, which lasts for a full day and includes a campus tour with a current studentwho is informed and ready to answer questions. While the transfer orientation offers a campustour, it's so early in the morning that it's difficult for many students to feasibly attend. Despite thefact that the transfer student orientation lacks vital information, UCF does direct transfer studentsto a transfer student website--which brings me to my next point.The transfer and transition services website created by UCF was another attempt atsolving the lack of information issue surrounding the transfer process. The website includesinformation on academic advising, types of majors, scholarships, and how to find an advisor (Transfer). While it is thorough in that regard, by only offering academic information studentsare missing out on a large part of the college experience. Any transfer student who visits thiswebsite trying to find information on campus involvement or student organizations would bethoroughly disappointed. Therefore, it does not do a good job at articulating the campus culture,encouraging involvement, or fostering school spirit. The website also looks outdated andcluttered, and is poorly organized, all of which detract from the website's credibility anddiscourage student usage of this informational tool.
 
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While UCF has clearly tried to address this issue, I believe their attempts have failed because they have misidentified the issue within this rhetorical situation. All of the materials andcommunications they created to improve the transition process for transfer students provideinformation about academic services. While this is useful information for incoming transfer students, it doesn't solve the problem at hand. As I stated before, transfer students want to getinvolved on campus and identify themselves within the community as one of many UCFKnights, but they don't know how they can get involved or how they can participate in campusactivities.
 
Because of this, the current materials UCF provides to transfers do not address the problem at hand. UCF made the mistake of assuming that transfer students need onlyacademically-driven information in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. Theyunderestimated the fact that many transfer students are just as lost upon entering the UCFcommunity as freshmen are. Not only are they just as lost, they are also tasked with the difficultissue of having to figure things out very quickly if they want to make the most of their campusinvolvement and actually have an impact on campus during their short, two year stay.There is also a breakdown in UCF's attempt to create a useful transfer and transitionservices website. It's already been stated that the information on this site is problematic since itdoesn't address the issue in this rhetorical situation, but the site itself actually represents an issueof its own. The website is cluttered, disorganized and outdated. In a time where the currentgeneration of students is so connected with the internet, this is a problem in and of itself. Whentransfer students, or any person in the demographic, needs information about something they usethe internet. Because they use it so often, they have an expectation that every site the go to willmeet a certain set of standards. They expect websites to be user-friendly, meaning that theinformation is clearly organized, easily identifiable and easily accessible. People in this

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