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CWU Invites Transfer Students to Join Group Assistance Program

Transfer students who are in their first three quarters at Central Washington University are invited to be part of the PAC, an acronym for the Peer Accountability and Connection Program. Sponsored by CWU Libraries, the PAC was designed to offer transfer students a comfortable transition from community college to university life and academics. 

The PAC will be offered online only for the winter quarter, meeting Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. Participants can choose either session. Groups are capped at 10 per section to allow for ample group discussion and individual advice.

Registration is required and the sign-up deadline is Friday, January 8.  

“The goal is to provide transfer students with guidance on improving organization and time management skills, and to create opportunities to build connections around academic-support issues,” explained Elizabeth Brown, faculty chair for CWU Libraries.

The PAC provides students with fun, connection-building activities, guidance on setting achievable quarterly goals with steps toward completing them, and success strategies from campus partners on topics such as career preparation, online learning strategies, personal finance, and wellness.  

“Among the connections to resources and strategies I hope students gain from the program, my overarching goal for our transfer students is that they can use this program to create a new community and support network at Central,” Brown added. “The support is there; sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.”

Those who have previously taken part in the PAC say the benefits they took away from the group include greater organizational skills, improved efficiency, procrastination management, creating a balance between home and academic life, normalizing how to ask for help, and building connections with other transfer students.