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UHD Student Success Initiatives

The purpose of this “map” is to provide faculty with an overview of the array of academic services available to support UHD student success. The map does not include valuable, but non-academic, support services.








Labs Offering Academic Support

Other Support Services


1 offers faculty development
2 includes credit bearing course(s)


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Developmental Curriculum Committee functions under the governance of the English and Math Departments and is comprised of faculty and chairs from the English, Math and Reading programs. Its purpose is to foster cross-departmental collaboration and academic initiatives in developmental courses; report regularly to administrators regarding the status of developmental education at UHD; consult with University College concerning student affairs and administrative issues in developmental courses; and provide recommendations to administrators, the University College and the University as a whole regarding academic issues pertaining to developmental education.

The College Success Program (CSP 1101) is a 1-credit course designed to introduce entering freshmen to baccalaureate study and the expectations of the University. It examines learning styles and the application of learning principles to communication skills, group processes, and personal management. Students develop strategies for achieving personal and academic success.

The UHD Dual Credit Program enables high school students to take courses for college credit while also satisfying high school course requirements. In order to acculturate them to the university environment, students attend classes on the UHD campus with other full-time university students. All dual credit courses are part of the Common Core Requirements for most undergraduate degree programs, and college credit hours are easily transferable to other institutions of higher education.

Funded by a Walmart grant, the HILTOPP Program focuses on high-impact learning to promote progress for first-generation students and offers a set of interventions, including specialized sections of courses and opportunities for enhanced faculty/student interaction. One important component of the grant is the First-Generation Student-Faculty Interaction Group.

The Intended Majors Project sponsors discipline-specific learning communities for intended majors built around freshman-level English and math courses (e.g. ENG 1301 Topics in Criminal Justice, ENG 1301 Topics in Business, Math 1301 for Math, Science, and Technology Majors). The project also sponsors recruitment events for freshman students interested in the majors supported by the project.

The Cornerstone Program is a semester-long program for entering freshmen who require significant preparation for college-level work. Their Accuplacer placement test scores are below 30 MATH, 50 ENG, or 50 RDG. These students are limited to a specific number of credit hours and are offered academic support as well as community-building activities.

Accelerated Development Linkages, which link two developmental courses in one semester or a developmental course with a credit-bearing course, allow students to accelerate their progress through their developmental requirements and enroll in credit-bearing freshman level courses more quickly.

The Freshman Convocation/First-Year Common Reading Program seeks to introduce first-year students to academic life and to assist them in building community with UHD faculty and students. The 2011 common text is Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

A week-long transitional program for a cohort of entering freshman, the Freshman Summer Success Program (FSSP) introduces students to the rigors of academic course work, UHD personnel and resources, and university expectations. Students attend academic courses with UHD faculty and participate in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Occurring the week following the FSSP, Fast Start offers preparatory courses in Math and Reading. Each discipline offers 2 hours of instruction daily for the week with the goal of enhancing student performance once the fall semester begins.

Occurring several times during the summer in conjunction with new student orientation, the Accuplacer Math Placement Prep Workshops help students review for the Accuplacer MATH placement test and provide access to free online software that provides individualized study plans and numerous tutorial features to help students prepare further at home.

Mandatory Freshman Orientation congratulates newly admitted UHD students and looks forward to orienting them to their life as a Gator. This event readies freshman for both in-class and out-of-classroom experiences and encourages freshmen to meet current students, staff, and faculty and to begin friendships with other new students.

The Academic Advising Center assigns each entering freshman a specific advisor with whom they meet a minimum of three times the first semester. The students receive an advising syllabus and work with the advisor to develop an individual development plan to achieve educational and personal goals. Continuing to consult as they progress though the core curriculum, they meet with the designated advisors on a regular basis until they declare their majors.

Connections, a freshman mentoring program for approximately 78 students, assigns 3 students to each faculty/staff mentor. Events include a museum field trip, workshops, service opportunities, cultural events, awards banquet with parents, and book vouchers for mentees.

The Peer Led Team Learning Workshop model engages teams of six to eight students in learning sciences, mathematics and other undergraduate disciplines guided by a peer leader. It provides an active learning experience for students, creates a leadership role for undergraduates, and engages faculty in a creative new dimension of instruction. The Peer Led Team Learning Lab is located in S738.

Supplemental Instruction (SI), a widely-practiced model of peer tutoring/facilitated learning, is available in selected sections of key general education core courses (ENG 1302, HIST 1305, and MATH 1301) and in selected sections of other entry-level courses for at-risk students and for students in special linkages.

Writing Associates are available in selected sections of ENG 1301 and ENG 1302. Writing Associates are upper-division students who serve as sympathetic readers, offering written, constructive feedback regarding students’ argument, analysis, organization, development, and writing style. They meet with students individually to discuss revision strategies before papers are submitted and are available to lead small group study sessions to discuss readings and lecture material.

The African-American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP) focuses on freshman and sophomore students, encouraging them to contribute to a holistic community through networking, employment, and community service. The members network with faculty, staff, and peer mentors who reflect their communities to share experiences and to receive mentoring and positive reinforcement. The goal is to assist African American men in remaining connected to the university and in fostering success in their future endeavors.

One component of the Walmart Grant, the First-Generation Student-Faculty Interaction Group includes faculty who were the first members of their families to graduate from college. The group reads and discusses research literature on this cohort, maintains a web site offering personal narratives of faculty who were first-generation students themselves (see personal narratives at First-Generation Students web site) , and organizes gatherings to enhance student/faculty interaction..

The UHD Scholars Academy is an academically competitive program within the College of Sciences and Technology. It promotes scholarship and student success for UHD undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The Collaborative Learning Community Center (CLCC) tutors and mentors all Mathematics, Computer Science, Science, and Engineering scholarship recipients; Mathematics majors; and/or Computer Science majors enrolled in Mathematics and Computer Science courses. Location: S735.

The Academic Computing Labs are open to all UHD students. These labs offer a wide variety of software and hardware (including scanners and CD/DVD burners) and a laptop checkout program. Locations: Suite 800-South in One Main, B206 in the Shea Street Building, C300 in the Commerce Building (Comet Lab), and B12.353 at UHD Northwest.

The Academic Support Center includes three laboratories for honing academic skills: mathematics (including statistics), reading and writing. Students benefit from individual consultations with UHD faculty members or with peer tutors. A variety of learning aids are available, including study guides, instructional videos, textbooks, and digital resources such as the Online Writing Lab.

The Accounting Lab is in the Shea Street building, room B316 (713-221-8661).It is staffed by Accounting faculty and Accounting major tutors. In the fall and spring semesters, the hours are normally 8am - 7pm M-R.

The Foreign Language Lab provides the necessary technology and space for students studying French and Spanish. All beginner Spanish courses meet at the lab at least once a week as part of their class in order to practice the language using interactive online activities. The Lab provides tutoring for French and writing-intensive Spanish classes. In addition, two on-site tutors are available 20 hours per week (Monday-Thursday) for students in SPAN 1401, 1402, 2301, and 2302. Students also use the facilities to write Spanish papers and other homework. The Lab is open 25 hours per week.

The UHD Freshman Mathematics Laboratory (Math Lab) is a walk-in tutoring service available to all UHD students. The lab is staffed with mathematics faculty and student peer tutors. Tutoring is available for mathematics courses numbered through 1XXX (this includes Developmental Courses and classes such as MATH 1301 College Algebra and Math 1306 Applied Calculus). Location: Room 925 North. Phone: 713-221-8669. Coordinator: Anna Simmons (

Through individual tutoring sessions, the Writing & Reading Center – The WRC – helps students build the reading and writing strategies they need to succeed.

In the Academic Advising Center, advisors work one-on-one with students from the time of their initial enrollment until they declare their major, helping them map pathways to achieving their academic objectives. Specialized workshops on topics such as time management, study skills, and goal-setting foster the acquisition of academic and life skills. The Center is open until 7 pm several evenings and on Saturday mornings.

Piloted in the developmental classes, the Early Alert initiative enables faculty to complete an online Recommendation of Assistance Form in order to refer to the Academic Advising Center those students who are having trouble succeeding. Advisors contact these students and explore strategies for overcoming issues that may be hindering success. Referrals are most effective when occurring early in the semester.

Major components of this three-semester program include 5 redesigned sections of a one-credit freshman seminar/College Success Program (CSP 1101) in fall 2011, monthly sessions to enhance academic and life skills, an individual development plan created with the assigned advisor, a student leadership program, and e-advising/mentoring communities. Approximately 125 entering freshmen will be in the first Academic GPS cohort.

Funded as part of the THECB Comprehensive Student Success Program, these communities will be formed in special sections of five, high-attrition, entry-level courses including College Algebra, General Chemistry I, General Biology I, U.S. History I and English Composition I. Specialized learning strategies, peer tutoring opportunities, and early-alert systems will be available for the students. Course instructors will also create faculty communities to work together making innovations in the classroom and fostering faculty and curriculum development.

The Arts & Humanities Retention Program is designed to help at-risk students or under-performing students caused by absenteeism, low grades, or a lack of proper learning materials (books, notes, etc.). A&H instructors refer students who may benefit from the attention of an outside student-mentor to the Retention Officer, Mr. Bill Pogue ( Mr. Pogue matches the student with a retention mentor (a current student). Mentor/student dialogue is confidential. For those students who decide against continuing at UHD, an exit interview is conducted.
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The First-Year Advisory Council provides a forum for discussion of issues related to student success and retention during the critical first year of university study and advises the administration on policies, curriculum, programs, and organizational structures that impact student success.
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