Advancing Undergraduate Education Symposia Series: The Transfer Credit Divide | Pathways to the University

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST


“Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not”

As colleges and universities focus attention on student enrollment and affordability, we know that for many students access to a quality education remains a privilege. The Advancing Undergraduate Education Symposia Series will explore the ways in which the University of Michigan can extend academic excellence while advancing equitable access to an undergraduate education. 

Throughout the year the series will create spaces for conversations on collective work to cultivate the future of blended learning in higher education. Each session will explore the intersection of academic innovation, research and trends, emerging models and current practices with a panel of thought leaders, as well as include time for collaborative brainstorming with colleagues to tackle some of the access and opportunity challenges we face as an institution.  

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. 

Session 3: The Transfer Credit Divide | Pathways to the University

Tuesday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons

As more and more students pursue non-traditional routes to a college degree, there is still a critical need to transform the transfer student journey and experience. Before even arriving on campus, transfer students have to navigate transfer credit systems and processes that in many cases lead to huge credit losses. Join us as we discuss the challenge question: How might we create scalable transfer credit review and acceptance processes that set the diverse transfer students we admit up for success?


Panel Discussion (40 mins)

Panelists will share insights and models to provide context and address the challenge question above. 

Lightning Design Jam (40 mins)

Attendees will share their bold solutions to the challenge question and ‘jam’ together to surface ideas to address access and equity within pathways to and through undergraduate education.


  • Anjuli Gupta,
  • Tim McKay, U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Zach Pardos, University of California – Berkeley

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is committed to ensuring that our events are accessible for all individuals. This event will be held in-person. Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you. Contact Trevor Parnell, Marketing and Events Project Manager ( with any questions or access needs.