The Transfer Student Conference is a statewide conference that focuses specifically on the needs of transfer students. A key component of the conference is bringing together 4- and 2-year institutions to share current practices on their campus. By extending the invitation to Community College transfer staff and administrators, the conference serves as a catalyst for bridging the gap between 2- and 4-year learning institutions. The theme of the 2012 conference was Emerging Initiatives: Discovering Winning Solutions. There were 190 attendees at the first conference and the next conference is scheduled for September 2014. It is anticipated that the 2014 conference will expand to universities and community colleges outside of Eastern North Carolina.