UCCS Retention Initiatives

UCCS Retention Initiatives
Students studying at the Science Center

Academic Skill Development Workshops

The Office of First Year Experience offers free academic skill development workshops throughout the semester. Topics include time management and study skills, learning styles, test-taking, note-taking, and more. If you would like to schedule a workshop for your students, please contact Missy Sernatinger, FYE Coordinator, at 719-255-7521 or via email at msernati@uccs.edu. Students may view and RSVP for campus-wide workshops through Mountain Lion Connect.

Advisor working with student


College2Career: Assess it! Explore it! Experience it!

The UCCS Career Center has developed a model called College2Career to help students explore their career options, prepare for their future, and achieve their career goals through assessment, exploration, and experience. To learn more about College2Career or to invite the Career Center in to facilitate a workshop for you around career, please contact the Career Center Director, at 719-255-3745 or careers@uccs.edu.

Students and faculty at FAME event


F.A.M.E. (First-Years Achieving Marks of Excellence)

Every February, the Office of First Year Experience and the Chancellor's Office recognize first-time, full-time freshmen and transfer students who earned a 3.25 GPA or higher their first (fall) semester at UCCS.

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Early Alert Program

Every semester, the Office of First Year Experience collaborates with faculty who teach 1000 and 2000 level courses to identify students who are not doing well in their classes due to poor academic performance, lack of attendance, and/or personal issues. When students show up in our system, we connect them with their Academic Advisor to create a plan to get back on track. Faculty may submit their alerts via Starfish.

Staff mentor with student mentee


University Studies Program

The University Studies Program is a collaborative effort between the Office of First Year Experience and the Gateway Program Seminar to provide conditionally admitted, professional program "intent" students, and students who are undecided on a major intentional academic and transitional support. Students who are admitted into University Studies take a common GPS course with support embedded directly into the course and have a specific Academic Advisor assigned to mentor and guide them their first year at UCCS. Questions about University Studies may be directed to Dr. Barbara Gaddis, Senior Executive Director of Student Support and Student Retention (719-255-3688, bgaddis@uccs.edu).

We know there are many more retention initiatives taking place at UCCS, both departmentally and campus-wide. We want to know what you are doing to help retain our students, please contact Dr. Barbara Gaddis at 719-255-3688, bgaddis@uccs.edu to keep us up-to-date.