Category: Student Success Initiative

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Student Success Research Lecture on Campus-Wide First Destination Survey NEXT Tuesday 5/2!

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Tuesday May 2, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
UH 401, 4th floor Conference Room

What do we know about Class of 2016 bachelor’s degree graduates: A Campus-wide First Destination Survey

The need and demand for evidence of success upon graduation has never been higher. Because of this need, UIC administered a campus-wide First Destination Survey to the Class of 2016 bachelor’s degree graduates. Graduates from eight undergraduate colleges were invited to participate in this initiative. The project is a joint partnership between Career Services, Student Affairs Assessment and the Office of Institutional Research. Come learn about this survey, findings, and insights, as well as participate in a discussion.

Thy Ngyuen, Director, Career Services
Tanya Rapajic, Associate Director, Career Services
Mark Manderino, Director, Student Affairs Assessment
Bill Hayward, Associate Vice Provost and Director, Institutional Research
Anna Pasillas-Santoyo, Associate Director, Office of Institutional Research

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The VPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the next installment of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative, and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

For questions, please contact Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, at spf@uic.edu.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Student Success Research, Transition Coaching at UIC Lecture, 3/13/17

Monday, March 13, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Daley Library, Room 1-470

“Transition Coaching at UIC: Research and Practice”

In an ongoing effort to strengthen student support, the Office of First Year Initiatives established the Transition Coaching Coordination program followed by the Transition Coaching High School Partnership program. The panel will discuss why the programs started, what involved parties are learning during the experience, and how the programs are utilizing the information acquired.

Panel participants include:

  • Tom Moss is the Associate Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at UIC. Moss assists in the coordination of a number of student success initiatives, including transition coaching.
  • Elizabeth Houlihan serves as the Assistant Director for the Office of First-Year Initiatives (OFYI), which houses the coordination and high school partner transition coaching programs, as well as Summer College.
  • Bonnie Solomon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and works on transition coaching research.
  • Melissa Connelly is the Vice President of Program at OneGoal, a non-profit organization that helps low-income high school students attend and complete college.

In addition, a UIC student will participate in the panel to discuss personal experiences with transition coaching.

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The OVPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the next installment of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative, and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

For questions, please contact Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, at spf@uic.edu.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SAVE THE DATE for the next Student Success Research Lecture on 11/28 on the UIC Exit Study

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Monday, November 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Daley Library, Room 1-470

“UIC Exit Study: Why Students Leave Prior to Graduation and Where They Go From Here”

Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

In order to better understand the reasons why some students leave UIC prior to graduating, we asked UIC students who enrolled for their first semester of college in fall 2013 but did not re-enroll in either spring or fall 2014 to participate in a research study. These former students completed a survey about their experiences at UIC and reasons for not returning. The survey was constructed to broadly cover multiple main areas: academic, financial, family-related, institutional, and social issues that may have contributed to the former student not returning to UIC. A subset of former students who completed the survey was then randomly selected to participate in a follow-up interview to obtain more detailed information about their experiences. These findings will be presented, along with data from the National Student Clearinghouse about where students go after leaving UIC.

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The VPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the next installment of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative [https://studentsuccess.uic.edu/], and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

For questions, please contact Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, at spf@uic.edu.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: REMINDER – Student Success Research Lecture on NSSE 2015 Findings is this Tuesday 10/18/16!

REMINDER – 

“The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2015 Findings”
Bill Hayward, Associate Vice Provost and Director, Institutional Research

Tuesday, October 18, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Daley Library, Room 1-470

Findings will be presented from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) conducted in the spring of 2015 with UIC undergraduates who were first-time or senior students. NSSE is a national survey that was first launched in 2000 and more than 1,500 universities and colleges have participated. UIC participated in NSSE for the first time in over a decade in 2015, along with more than 500 other institutions. NSSE covers four major student engagement themes: 1) academic challenge, 2) learning with peers, 3) experiences with faculty, and 4) campus environment. Findings from these themes will be presented along with peer comparisons. We will conclude with a discussion of plans for conducting NSSE in the spring of 2017.

The VPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the next installment of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative, and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

For questions, please contact Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, at spf@uic.edu.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Student Success Research Lecture on NSSE 2015 Findings being held 10/18/16 at 3:00 p.m.

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“The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2015 Findings”
Bill Hayward, Associate Vice Provost and Director, Institutional Research

Tuesday, October 18, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Daley Library, Room 1-470

Findings will be presented from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) conducted in the spring of 2015 with UIC undergraduates who were first-time or senior students. NSSE is a national survey that was first launched in 2000 and more than 1,500 universities and colleges have participated. UIC participated in NSSE for the first time in over a decade in 2015, along with more than 500 other institutions. NSSE covers four major student engagement themes: 1) academic challenge, 2) learning with peers, 3) experiences with faculty, and 4) campus environment. Findings from these themes will be presented along with peer comparisons. We will conclude with a discussion of plans for conducting NSSE in the spring of 2017.

 

The VPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the next installment of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative, and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.
For questions, please contact Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, at spf@uic.edu.


STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVE: Message on Finish in Four

Dear UIC Academic Advisors, Support Unit Advisors and Transition Coaches,

I am pleased to introduce you to the forthcoming “Finish in Four” campaign that will have an impact on the incoming freshman class.  As you are probably aware, an important project of the Student Success Initiative is “Streamlining the First year: Credit Accumulation Initiative,” the details of which can be found at studentsuccess.uic.edu . This campaign will encourage students to graduate on time—to “Finish in Four.”

While every major has a published four-year plan, a great number of UIC students complete their first semester with little chance of graduating in four years.  I am asking for your cooperation in ensuring that our new students understand the advantages of registering for a full 15 hour course load and the implications for not doing so.

As a first step, students will be receiving a flyer in their Orientation packets reinforcing the point that UIC expects them to graduate in four years, and there are significant benefits to doing so:

  • Students who earn an average of fifteen or more credit hours per semester in their first year are more likely to persist and graduate in four years.
  • Because UIC tuition is guaranteed for four years, students will benefit financially should tuition increase by their fifth or sixth year.
  • Considering tuition, living expenses, and lost wages, each extra year in college costs students around $70,000.

Certainly there will be circumstances that may suggest that a full 15-hour course load is not practical for some students, and I understand those reasons. You should know that a relatively small number of our students must work full-time, while others may have significant family commitments or health issues that should be taken into account. For most students, however,  an approximate 15-hour load, even while working part-time, is quite doable and is a standard at most universities with high graduation rates.  I encourage you to have a frank conversation with your students who believe that a light load, especially in their first semester, is to their advantage.  With the preponderance of data indicating that students who take a lighter load don’t do any better than students who take a full load in terms of GPA, we are obligated to provide evidence-based guidance.

I am confident that every student at UIC comes to us equipped to succeed. We will keep you informed as we assess the outcomes of this initiative.

I invite you to view the flyer, visit finishinfour.uic.edu, and forward any questions or concerns to finishinfour@uic.edu, or to me directly.

I appreciate your support of our students.

Sincerely,

Emanuel D. Pollack

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (interim)


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Student Success Research Lecture “Academic Probation, Student Performance, and Strategic Behavior” on 4/11 at 3:30 p.m.

**PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND SAVE THE DATE FOR THIS LECTURE. WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US.**

Dear UIC Students, Faculty and Staff:

The VPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the second lecture event of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative, and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

Sincerely,

Sue Farruggia
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

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Monday, April 11, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Academic Probation, Student Performance, and Strategic Behavior
Marcus Casey, Assistant Professor of Economics Lecture Center D4

“We study how academic probation affects outcomes and behaviors at a large public university using an RD design. Consistent with past work, students on probation improve their GPA in the following semester. We document that part of this GPA improvement is attributable to strategic course taking. Probation causes students to attempt fewer credits, attempt easier courses, and withdraw from more courses, suggesting that GPA improvements need not correspond to increased effort or learning. Strategic course taking is concentrated among students with better non-cognitive skills, consistent with the notion that it is easier for these students to navigate complex educational environments.”


FOR YOUR INFORMATION, SHARE WITH STUDENTS: New Summer Tuition and Fee Information

The UIC Summer Session Office is pleased to announce a new rate structure for UIC Summer Session tuition and fees. Effective summer 2016, the undergraduate summer tuition and fees will be charged on a per credit hour basis instead of a range tuition basis.

Summer Session provides an excellent opportunity for students to make progress to graduation or to enroll in a single course. New online courses have been added in 2016 to provide even greater access to UIC courses.

In addition, the Summer Session office is working more closely this year with advisors and faculty to ensure that student course selections align with academic goals. Together these changes will provide UIC and visiting undergraduates with more cost effective opportunities to catch up or get ahead in their studies during the summer months.

Please note: Graduate and Professional Program tuition and fees will continue to be assessed under the range tuition structure in summer. Online programs will continue to be assessed under separate per credit hour rates.

Detailed information about 2016 summer undergraduate tuition and fees


YOUR RESPONSE NEEDED: Please help the IPAS Committee’s development of a new online system to support advising and success of UIC students.

The IPAS committee invites you to participate in a survey that will help us develop a new online system to support advising and student success at UIC. We know this is a crazy time of year for you, but your feedback will be essential to help us design a system that will work for you and the students you serve.

The survey will be open until December 15, 2015. You can access the survey through the following link: https://uic.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cupWmQ7QIuF0aqx

A little more background: Vice Provost Pollack has charged the Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS) Committee with developing an implementation plan for a new IPAS system that will support the success of UIC students and improve communication and collaboration between advisors across the institution. EDUCAUSE defines IPAS systems as the “institutional capability to create shared ownership for educational progress by providing students, faculty, and staff with holistic information and services that contribute to the completion of a degree or other credential.” We are seeking input from a variety of campus constituents about the types of data that would be most helpful to better support the students you serve.

If you have any questions or need additional information about the survey, please contact Peggie Garcia at pkleko1@uic.edu.


YOUR INPUT NEEDED – SSI: First-Year Academic Experience & Enrichment Campus Resources for First-Year Seminars

The Student Success Initiative’s First-Year Academic Experience & Enrichment Committee would like to request your assistance to develop a comprehensive list of resources and programs campus units may be able to offer first-year seminars at UIC. Please use the following link to complete a brief online survey on the utilization of your unit?s services in first-year seminar courses.

https://uofi.uic.edu/fb/sec/1390322

First-year seminars may already use your unit’s services, but there may be other programs and information that you would like first-year seminar instructors and coordinators to know about to foster student success at UIC. Please share any resources with the Committee. We will share results from this questionnaire to UIC first-year seminar coordinators and instructors and all campus units and programs who respond.

If you have any questions about our Committee’s work, please contact Justin Wier at jrjustin@uic.edu. To learn more about the Student Success Initiative, visit http://studentsuccess.uic.edu/.

Thank you for your participation and assistance.

Regards,

The First-Year Academic Experience & Enrichment Committee
Spencer Long
Sandra Picciuca
Angela Prazza-Winters
Philip Vasquez
Justin Wier