Support Academic Progress

New Academic Advisors

Reform and expand academic advising services to support all student populations and improve student success. Initiatives will include hiring of additional professional advisors to increase the quality of advising and bring the campus closer to the national advising ratio. Other initiatives may include professional development and release time to support additional faculty advisors. Initiatives will be aligned to the goals of the strategic plan.

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Progress and Accomplishments

College of the Arts

     Victoria Cafasso    

     Laney Kurator

Computer Engineering

     Alisia Kirkwood

Health and Human Development           

     Henry Flores 

     Mary Lehn-Mooney 

College of Business and Economics

     Ashley Stilley 

Irvine Campus

     Shelly Hsu 

College of Communications

     Axis Avalos     

     Tammy Rogers 


Engineering and Computer Science

     Korntee Burrell

     Eizabeth Gomez 

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

     Cathy Dionaldo 

     Daija Foard

     Mai Warren 

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

     Sam Barrazo 

     Tatiana Pedroza 

Special Populations

     Danny Juarez 

2016-2017 Q3 Quarterly Report

Description Plan Staff Budget Allocation Expenses Balance

1. Academic Programs, in collaboration with the academic colleges, will retain and/or fill any vacancies for the graduation and retention specialist positions. Currently there is one vacancy, as the retention specialist in Mihaylo resigned in the summer of 2016. 2. Graduation Specialists will provide Mandatory Academic Advising Workshops to approximately 2,300 students holding 78-84 units. 3. Retention and Graduation Specialists will hold off on launching their next gap-closing campaigns, first engaging students in strategically designed focus groups toward careful planning of the next round of campaigns. 4. Retention and Graduation Specialists will implement U.Direct degree planning software tools. 5. Student Success Team Steering Committee meetings will continue to be held monthly to discuss strategies and tactics to support student success. 6. The Student Success Team Working Group will continue to meet monthly, taking actions to inform the SST Steering Committee. 7. Graduate Programs will provide Graduate Learning Specialists (tutoring and academic coaching) to 1500 students, Orientation programs (workshops) to 1000 new graduate students, mentoring to 125 at-risk graduate students as part of the Faculty/Graduate Mentoring Program, and 450 hours of advising to graduate students in the Graduate Student Success Center.

3. The annual Academic Advising Professional Development Conference took place on March 10th. Approximately 120 participants attended and/or presented. A highlight of this event was the opening presentation by ASI, on the topic of the Food and Housing Insecurity Task Force. The conference was called "Partnerships and Collaborations for Student Success" with four subthemes: International Students; Policies and Processes; Two-Year and Four-Year Graduation Strategies; Diversity and Inclusion. This was a highly successful cross-divisional collaboration. 4. The mid-year outreach effort by retention specialists, to continuing students in January who were not enrolled for the spring semester, yielded a recapture rate of over 43%. After the outreach, 367 non-enrolled students registered for spring. 5. The second annual Student Success Stampede took place on March 7th, 2017. On the Tuffy Lawn, we partnered with ASI Taco Tuesday, 11:30-1:00, to speak one by one to 160 students who represented every college and class level (including graduate students), to probe them for their awareness of their Student Success Team. The purpose was also to help them learn of this resource, and the one-stop SST link housed in We discovered that student awareness of thier SST has risen by 6% overall since last year, to 69%. Sixty of the students surveyed that day were transfer students, however, who showed only a 50% rate of awareness of this resource. 6. In Graduate Programs -Orientation and Workshops: 233 students registered for the Spring Grad NSO; 182 students attended the Grad School Expo Day, many bringing family/friends; -Graduate Learning Specialists: 707 students received graduate tutoring; -Faculty/Graduate Mentoring Program: 90 graduate students were mentored; -Advising in the Grad Student Success Center: 125 advising hours were delivered.

1. We filled the vacancy for the retention specialist in MCBE in the middle of January, 2017. We also filled the vacancy for retention specialist in H&SS in March. 2. The annual Student Success Team Retreat took place on February 10, 2017. Approximately 60 people attended: retention specialists, graduation specialists, assistant deans, career specialists, associate deans, the Academic Advisement Center team, and one additional team member for each college. The intended outcomes of the day included: explore redefinition of the "anatomy of a Student Success Team"; define the SST role in the context of Graduation Initiative 2025; elevate team unity within the units and across units and divisions; brainstorm a faculty communications campaign to integrate them into the SST identity. Retreat evaluations were excellent overall.




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