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National Conference Honors UK Transfer Admissions Director

Dr. Janet Marling on left and Sara Price on right holding award
Sara Price (right) pictured with NISTS Executive Director Janet Marling after winning a Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion-Rising Star award. Photo courtesy of: Emily Kittrell.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2020) Sara Price, the transfer admissions director at the University of Kentucky, has been recognized as a Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion-Rising Star winner during the opening session of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) 2020 annual conference, held in February 2020.

The Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champion-Rising Star is given to individuals implementing valuable improvements to the transfer field, despite being in the early stages of their career. Presented to three individuals at the conference, the award recognizes those who are making significant contributions to improving transfer student access, persistence and success. Award winners have created new or substantially improved programming specific to the transfer student population and have shown evidence of success.

“I am honored to be recognized for the work we do for our transfer students, but we would not be where we are now if it were not for my colleagues that I work with every day,” Price said. “It’s my colleagues who support me, each other and every student they can, and I want to thank them for making this award possible, because it takes a team to transfer.”

As the transfer admissions director, Sara Price is committed to transfer success at UK. A determined advocate, Price leverages her busy schedule to keep transfer needs and challenges a priority. Under her leadership, transfer admissions have become a comprehensive service-center, ensuring that incoming students have access to trained staff, resources and programs. Her nominators believe that her exceptional team is a direct reflection of her guidance.

NISTS is a national organization that aims to improve the lives of transfer students through research, education and advocacy. It empowers practitioners, faculty and administrators to challenge the status quo and improve the transfer student experience. NISTS’ overall vision is to have higher education institutions provide a holistic and inclusive transfer process to students.

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