About the UIC Student Success Initiative
The Student Success Initiative is a collective change management process for assuring the timely graduation for every UIC undergraduate that began with Chancellor’s charge to the Undergraduate Policy Council in February 2012. The planning and resulting initiative arose from a strong collaboration among the undergraduate colleges, support units, faculty, and students with leadership provided cooperatively by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The overall goal of the initiative is to significantly increase student success rates as measured by first-to-second-year retention and six-year graduation rates. Throughout much of 2013, eight task forces including over 200 faculty, staff and students, convened and ultimately provided 125 recommendations for campus consideration. The full report was released to campus in Spring 2014 and is available at studentsuccess.uic.edu.
In Summer 2014, UIC received a grant from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities that has provided support for planning the implementation of the overall initiative.
The original task force recommendations contributing to student success were consolidated into a number of “projects” within the four categories of Instruction and Curriculum, Student Learning, Campus life, and Managing College Costs.
Priorities were determined by a) likely high impact, b) feasibility, and c) timeliness. UIC higher administration including the Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs endorsed the “Initiative,” supporting the office of Project Management for Student Success Initiatives and the management team to proceed with the priority projects, selected for the first round of the implementation phase.