The process of transitioning officers is a critical step in the long-term success of a student group. Officer transitions allow former officers to share the group’s successes and areas for improvement. This process gives new officers (or officers who are changing positions within the group) an opportunity to learn more about their position.
Without a successful transition, new officers may have to recreate established processes and spend valuable time gathering resources, and learn the responsibilities of their position. This may hinder the group’s progress. Both outgoing and incoming officers have a responsibility to make the transition as clear and smooth as possible.
The following are key points of an effective officer transition:
Consider what information would be helpful for all officers, new and returning, to have moving forward into your next fiscal year as well as the medium where all your important information can be organized and stored. Some groups in the past have created binders for each position.
This can include:
The following are materials and resources to help student groups develop and implement an officer transition process.
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