What Data Can Tell Us About Transfers

August 12, 2021 (Thursday)

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In 2020, transfer students comprise about 40% of UHM’s degree-seeking undergraduate student population and receive over half of the undergraduate degrees. It is essential to get a clear picture of who our transfers are, where they transferred from, and how they are doing at UHM. MIRO staff will showcase what data can tell us about transfer students using real-life scenarios and inquiries. 

Accessing and comparing data and conducting analyses are just a few clicks away using Manoa Institutional Research Office (MIRO)’s innovative and comprehensive data tools. UHM faculty and staff will learn how to access and use various homegrown data web apps to better support student success. Others may find the demonstration helpful in designing their own transfer reports and learning about the transfer population through the data.


“Transfer students are a critical piece of UHM’s Enrollment Management goals and present unique challenges at the individual and institutional levels.  These challenges can be decreased if: a) the ‘receiving’ and ‘sending’ campuses address internal obstacles; b) we treat transfer students as active partners in their educational journey; and c) we cultivate a shared sense of stewardship to the institution. All student success is recognized as fundamental to the life of all campuses.” 

Dr. Ronald Cambra,

Former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


Yang Zhang is the Director of Institutional Research at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is at the forefront of developing innovative data tools and web applications, and frequently presents her work at both national and international conferences on effective data communication strategies.

Kelly Jung-ts Lin is the IR Analyst at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, with expertise in both qualitative and quantitative analysis. She conducts data mining and reporting for internal and external data needs and provides training on how to use MIRO’s data tools.

Bryson McFeeley is the IT specialist in the MIRO office at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He is instrumental in creating MIRO’s data web app tools and transforming raw survey data to customizable and easy to digest online reports.

Karese Kaw-uh is the current Graduate Assistant for the Mānoa Institutional Research Office. As an artist and administrator, she plays a vital role in creative content development and office organization.


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