Student Success

Goal: Advance student success.

As a celebrated diversity serving public research university, UC Santa Cruz is committed to student success of all our students as reflected by the “Five for 2015” goals. Read complete goal statement.

As the projects below are implemented in Spring 2015, pages for each will provide regular updates on project leads, scope, timelines, progress, and metrics.


  • Establish campus-wide measures of student success.
  • Enhance the role of the colleges in student success.
  • Implement new tools to support undergraduate student academic success, such as adviser-to-adviser communication systems, classroom and curricular capacity assessments, and case management for early intervention.
  • Improve campus climate for all students, with special attention to groups under-represented in higher education.
  • Implement a mentorship training program for faculty advising graduate students.
  • Enhance research development and training to improve graduate education.
  • Implement programs for graduate and undergraduate students to develop professional skills for future careers.
  • Develop mentorship programs that connect current students with alumni.


  • Existing interdisciplinary study and work teams, such as the Student Success Steering Committee and the Transfer Experience Team.
  • Student commitment to social justice and sustainability and the values of the campus can help inform our models of student success.
  • Systems-related technology projects are already underway.
  • The campus climate, UC undergraduate experience, first destination, and other surveys that can be leveraged to develop evidence-based plans.
  • Existing fundraising efforts such as renovation of the Science & Engineering Library and the Quarry Amphitheater, and programs such as undergraduate research experiences, the colleges, scholarships, and graduate student fellowships.


  • Too many possible solutions could distract from a focus on, and success with the most potent ones.
  • Lack of support to promote retention and success of smaller student populations.
  • Lack of coherent articulation of top-to-bottom campus vision for student success.
  • Structural and cultural obstacles related to graduate student success.