Student Success

Members of campus were asked what they would create, keep, and discard regarding Student Success. The following are their responses: 

Create

•Creation of additional leadership opportunities for students (eg. Leadership institute [national program] leadership series [focused primarily on postgraduate endeavors])

•Create more support services for less served population

•Private tutoring at college student costs - the excel centers are great, but many students need one on one time and there are simply not enough people tutors.

•Need to get back to student centered goals. Student employees are being treated like hourly workers or temporary workers - instead the department should be co-curricular learning experience. Supervisors should receive training on what the students should be getting from the university work experience

•A pre-med program (2)

•Pre-health Professions shadowing

•Simplify financial processes for student groups and clubs. It can be very difficult for clubs to conduct business and make purchases under the current system.

•Please create more scholarships for students to enroll at FDC (Family Dev. Center). The 1 scholarship we do have has helped enrollment tremendously

•Create more scholarships for childcare to FDC

•Add title 7 aid to increase opportunities for nursing and health science students

•Provide more student scholarships for child care

•Create more merit-based scholarships

•More financial aid help/support so that students with low-income background can enroll and succeed

•Offer more on-campus employment for students, even those who don't receive work study awards

•Add staff/campus support for the career center. As the campus grows, so does the need/demand for career services

•A stronger career services - presence will allow outreach to specific populations - veterans, students with disabilities, non-traditional/transfer, alumni. All have different career needs and need some specific attention.

•Centralized career services dept. We are currently de-centralized w/ duplication, confusion, and competition.

•Create strong career services presence on campus especially in this economy. With over 9,000 students, plus alumni, staff can never grow enough to meet career needs.

•Student success also included after graduation and support in the job search process

•More support and resources for career center. Important and requested service for graduating students.

•Career center staff to grow. Internships connections in community

•A real connection between advising and office of 1st year experience and career services

•More formalized internship program, through the Career center, to offer students w/ all majors the opportunity to gain valuable experience prior to graduating. Also more centralization will decrease university liability and increase student understanding

•A REAL placement center

•Non home grown early alert system

•Create an office that would incorporate student outreach (alcohol/drug awareness), sex assault response, victim advocacy

•Assistant director for advising and orientation

•We need a Dean of Students Office for student advocacy (2)

• Recommend OSA check out Nat'l Assoc for Campus Activities - excellent resource for excellent entertainment, speakers thru co-operative efforts with other regional campuses- saving dollar amounts.

•Create more opportunity for community involvement. Perhaps develop ideas with other educational facilities such as school districts and other higher ed entities to help the community.

•Develop a student center that is centered on entertainment of its students.

•Create a regular weekend night club for students to keep them out of the bad places in Denver and Springs

•Have a "no class" once or twice a week to provide more social opportunities for students. It would help build our community

•Continue to expand student events, especially those that people would expect to find at a larger campus (ie concerts)

•Create more monies to expand student life, campus activities, and leadership programs

•Create great interactive activities for students

•Creativing budgeting funds for support to LGBT students

•More support for student organizations and events

•Increase recreational and other opportunities for students here on campus - movie theater, bowling, more weekend opportunities

•More on campus housing

•Create more diversity and housing and consider gender-neutral restrooms/housing with building the new facility

•2 year dorm requirement - scholarship

•We need to be proactive in locating housing (hotels, apartment buildings) to house students until new dorms are done. We will lose our growth momentum if we aren't prepared.

•Rent Cragmor Village Rd properties to Greek Life. Improve campus life

•Center for civic engagement and service learning

•Expand mental health services for students. It would be great to have more counselors and a Psychiatrist on campus

•Expand the student-centric spaces (ROAR, MOSAIC, OSA, etc)

•Create a center of excellence in the area of student life and leadership, utilizing best-practices as the framework and guide.

•Engineering learning center - we need this

•Update food services

•Can pre-collegiate programs be improved to include a wider segment of the African American community

•Required STUDY TABLE for students that have low GPA

•I would like to see more effort geared at supporting veterans, and their connectivity to the community they served. OVMSA is not enough and SVA sucks. If 20 of this campus is military/former then there should be tremendous resources available.

•Separate Disability support and test services

•I would like to see specific programs to recruit minority students stating at a younger age

•Adapt orientation - more info for veteran students, more info about programs, sign up stations for programs

•Since we sit in a military city, we should create a positive military profile. We have no pictures on web and little military involvement.

•Create focus and emphasis on student development theory and best practice throughout campus

•I would like to see more excel programs for various different programs because it is sometimes easier to talk to your peers rather than the professor.

•When creating policies and procedures, look at them from a student perspective. Many of the current processes in Financial Aid, A&R and Student Employment, etc, can be very frustrating for students. Simplify internal processes to make it easier for students to understand and follow

•Expand online tutoring

•Online orientation model that is interactive, current and encompasses everything a student would learn at an on-campus orientation

•If we grow online programs, we need to make sure students still feel like a part of our community even if they never set foot on our campus

•Please put sustainability back into freshman orientation

•Make orientations for new students longer with more information, longer info sessions. I don't feel like students get enough on campus service information. And have real advisors available from the colleges

•Overnight orientations

•Review current orientation model - consider 2 day experience

•Include sustainability in freshman orientation. Instill culture early when you have captive audience

•Create a parallel support for folks at end of junior year, about to become seniors

•Prep college for underprepared first year/transfer students

•Improve access to transfer student advising and orientation to allow students to register earlier

•Expand housing and first year experience to include all freshmen

•Consider a second year experience program

•Work with Academics to create 2nd year and senior year experiences

•Pay attention to the transfer students more

•Get students involved in growth target/discussion for campus

•Create more positions to support students - fin aid/advising/student life

•Create more positions that pay enough to attract highly qualified people. Each dept should have director, assoc director, asst director, support staff

•Career Center

•Excel Center

•Advising

• Mosaic

•FYE/Retention

•Pre-collegiate

•Student life and leadership

•Add professional staff in counseling center

•More advisors and support staff

•I think we need to add more academic advisors. My son's advisor is so busy that she doesn't have time to see him. I know the advisors work hard but they are spread too thin.

•More student support - staff/faculty, more leadership classes, student government training class, international student office

•I feel like we should create a stronger bond between all of the student success offices. This would help students have a more positive experience if we are all working together on their behalf

•Add 1-2 advisors who work directly with athletics who are trained in NCAA regulations/rules

•Improve communication about changes in software or process change across campus

•Add financial resources to grad school - both central and in the departments for staff. Nothing is worse than calling 10 times without a response from a program/department

•Create more training and connection between advisors and faculty/programs to improve quality of advising

•Let staff know what they can do to help student retention

•Develop a process for academic advisors to meet with faculty and review what our degree are about (ie, what can a student do when they graduate) so info is correct. Especially when they are new, but also on a routine schedule.

•Student success seems to be the heart of what can create a student family - keep up good work of extra-curricular activities

•The student success center should offer counseling for graduate students. This was the most frustrating part of grad school at UCCS. Also include walk-in hours for grad students

•More grad student support programming

•Streamlined, user friendly admissions process

•Undergrad research - A comprehensive, university-wide program to get undergrads into research labs helps students succeed in the classroom and aids in retention - small investment=big payoff

•Implement online clock-in/clock-out time collection system for student employees. It would increase efficiency and data keeping (less paper files)

•More on campus student employment opportunities

•Create a program that can track people who graduate through certification board or survey to track the success rate of graduates obtaining their education

•Students should be able to select a major and get a potential degree plan immediately. Should be able to filter on length time - ie, biology degree in 5 years, masters in engineering in 4 years.

Keep

•The Excel Centers

•The excel centers are so important

•Excel centers provide excellent support for students

•Writing, Science, & math learning centers have helped me a lot.

•The excel programs are wonderful. I have heard nothing but good about each one. I also have had great experience with them.

•Great academic support

•They have tremendous value, especially the Science Center. I don't think I could have gotten through some of my classes without them.

•Serves students, as well as faculty.

•Provide an essential bridge between the academic support that our students have come to rely on, all center directors teach and have academic appointments (non-tenure track). Our academic work, in concert with our work with the Office of First Year Experience, has contributed a substantial increase in student retention and persistence.

•Between August 2010 and May 2011, students registered 72,862 visits to the five Centers. So far this semester, we have already registered over 20,000 student visits. Clearly, the services we provide to both students and faculty are valued.

• We provided value in many and diverse ways, of which tutoring, which is our primary service, is only one. We constantly develop new initiatives. For instance, we provide online tutoring. We developed a peer mentoring program that presently serves per-nursing, pre-health, pre-engineering, pre-med, pre-dent, pre-pharm, and pre-vet students. All mentees are freshmen and new transfer students. It is important to note that the center show that Center users do feel more a part of the university community.

•As a student, I have unitized the excel centers. They have solid expertise and tangible experience.

•I am a senior undergraduate student who has utilized the Excel Centers throughout my entire academic career at UCCS. I have used the writing Center's help both online and in person. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful with any writing questions I might have. I have also used the Math and Communications Center's resources to help with my classes. I have extensively worked with the Science Center. Their tutoring has been extremely vital to my complete understanding of any science material I may have encountered over the last four years. The learning environment at Science Center creates a sense of community with my peers that I have not experience anywhere else on campus

•The Science Center

•Keep the science center! Keep the free tutoring! Add more computers!

•I just wanted to say how thankful I am for the science center. The tutor there has been such a great help to me in my science classes (chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology). The staff there is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, and I'd like to encourage the continued funding of the science center and other excel centers.

•X 8 others that only said "Science Center!"

•Freshman Seminar

•Freshman Seminar is so well implemented and an extremely successful program to connect freshmen to the campus.

•Freshman Seminar is a valuable program, but it really needs more academic rigor! It is getting aver bad rep among faculty and students for being a "joke" and an easy A.

•The Bookstore

•The book store really provides great services. As an on-campus student, I really love not having to leave campus for basic needs, even mailing. I would use the bookstore more for the fun, quirky products if they were more priced to a college budget.

•Residence Life

•I love the residence life and housing options. Keep growing. As an out of state student, I really appreciate the impact that experience has had on my life.

•Housing administration has done a fantastic job creating a desirable on-campus residence environment with interesting/fun activities.

•Academic Advising

•The personal touch from advisors, but... make it more personal.

•Publicize academic advising more.

•Keep centralized advising

•Staff and Student Success

•Doing the things that retain and help students to graduate.

•Excellent customer service and support.

•Keep and grow early alert.

•Keep the student-centered staff

•Keep the student-centered staff

•Enlarge the career center

•First Year Experience

•Keep the "small college" feel- don't allow staff and faculty to ever get too distant from the students

•Continue to support quality communication with students.

•Keep up the communication with faculty/staff about student activities and how we can help.

•Keep student/faculty ratios low so students feel they can get the attention they need.

•Speaker Series

•Keep the Chancellor's Leadership Class Scholarship!

•Keep, but improve: Orientation- make every bit of this experience worthwhile and personal.

•Counseling and Health Centers

•Keep the walking hours an option for counseling I love the health center, the services they offer and the amazing staff.

•Student Recreation, Clubs and Activities

•Greek Life Growth

•Growth of clubs: not # but info on existing clubs.

•The recreation center is great. Keep supporting and improving

•Easy of starting new clubs is great

•Keep the great programs for students to get involved.

•Clyde's is great.

•Continue to provide more activities for students on campus to create greater sense of community.

•Focus on student-centered service and advancement of all clubs and organizations. Keep expanding clubs and organizations.

•Continue to build and reboot Campus Activities Calendar

•Continue to value the importance of student life and leadership as it relates to recruitment and retention

•The activities for students have been great! Keep it up

•Keep up the communication with faculty/staff about student activities and how we can help.

•Concerts and primary programs in student activities

•Keep bring nationally known performers, writers, business people... ect to campus.

•Continue the student centered atmosphere in the ROAR office.

•The recreation facility is a wonder asset to the students, and in testament to this, it has become overcrowded. Support of its potential expansion would be greatly appreciated!

Discard

•Revaluate enrollment targets-we cannot maintain intimate close campus ( 2/4 results of survey) if we grow to 30,00 students.

•For retention, get RID of Sodexo.

•Negative attitudes towards each other and realize we are all on the same team!

•Lack of professional courtesy among programs when introducing new services, recognizing that some services may exist already. So, discussing with or collaborating with existing departments/programs creates stronger understanding and direction for students.

•Financial Aid is crucial to many students. The 5 minutes of information at orientation is not adequate.

•Stop underpaying and overworking staff- they're burning out... remember it costs a lot to replace good staff.

•We should stop outsourcing advising. Advising should be the job of the departments, and faculty should be compensated for to. The current system is frustrating, inefficient, and unproductive for all.

•De-centralize academic advising so colleges can hire & train advisors that will truly understand the academic programs offered by the college. Students who end up seeing 4 different advisors if 4 years are not being served well.

•We should consider an academic role for the centers for Academic Excellence. They are more closely aligned with the goals of academic affairs, they are directed by faculty and their natural home should be in academic affairs, not student affairs.

•The Bursar's office is the most inefficient office I have ever experience on this campus in my 4 years as a student. The online billing system to produce an e-bill is the most lagging feature. I realize the push to online payment and to go ask them if I need a hard copy bill, but if the PDF bill is going to be available there should plenty of time to be able to mail in a check.