AIA Data Collaborative 
Investigating Transfer Student Pathways 
(Jan ’24 – June ‘25)

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Project Overview 

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Dr. Kendra Thompson-Dyck at the University of Arizona and Dr. Carmin Chan at Northern Arizona University lead the project, which is funded by the Arizona Innovation Alliance of the Arizona Board of Regents.  

The project pilots a statewide institutional research data collaboration between the three public universities in Arizona, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. The goal is to study and improve intra-state student movements through postsecondary institutions, which will help more Arizonans complete their educational aspirations. 

Learn more about our ongoing work by visiting our Project Findings page.

Project Timeline At Glance 

Gantt chart displaying the timeline for the project, from the exploratory phase, to the closeout.


Collaborative Infrastructure 

To support collaboration, each university has dedicated Liaisons (see below).  ASU and UA will nominate 1-2 individuals to serve on the Analyst Team, which will be informed by content expertise from NAU.  Finally, the three partner universities will engage an Advisory Council of transfer student administrators for a quarterly review of findings and implications.  

The project will also engage AZ Transfer and the Helios Educational Foundation to inform the research focus and resulting recommendations. 

University Liaisons
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Kendra Thompson-Dyck (co-PI)
Elisa Sperandio 



Arizona State University Logo

Jennifer Wilken 
Alecia Radatz 



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Carmin Chan (co-PI) 


Conference Engagements

Student Success Conference (SSC), University of Arizona and Arizona Innovation Alliance. Feb. 14-15, 2024
  • Kendra Thompson-Dyck, Carmin Chan. "AIA from Insights to Actions: Tri-University Transfer Student Data Collaborative." Session 3.  Feb. 15, 2024. 
  • Presentation slides are available here.
National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) National Conference, St. Louis, MO.  Feb. 21-23, 2024.
UArizona HSI Forum, University of Arizona. March 1, 2024