Our 2015-2016 Impact and Accomplishments
**Bear Down Summer Bridge, a new retention program launched in summer 2015, included 76 students from 23 different states; 42% of participants were from underrepresented ethnic groups and 90% of participants were out-of-state students. Retention outcomes will be evaluated in Fall 2016.
- 100% of students surveyed said they feel more at home at UA and in Tucson than they did at the beginning of the program.
- 96% of students said they felt more prepared for their freshman year than they did at the beginning of the program.
Parents now receive monthly emails with content mirroring the Wildcat Connections newsletter all first year students receive. 4,660 first-year parents averaged an open rate of 44%. Fall topics included the role of advising in student success, tips for winter break motivation, midterm stress/supporting students, Spring Break, and fall registration.
Arizona Assurance Scholars served 333 first-year students in 2015, up 18% from 2014. 90% of the FTFT students in the 2014 cohort were retained (returning Fall 2015), with 30% making the Dean’s List.
- 94.5% of all AZA students participated in an experience outside the classroom during the 2014-2015 academic year.
ASA Peer Mentoring served 878 students with additional funding this year from the Student Services Fee board, increasing the total number of students served by 154%. 91% of students who participated in ASA Peer Mentoring retained to fall 2015
**New Start served 307 students in summer 2014, a 6% increase from summer 2013. Over 96% of these students were residents of Arizona, 88% identified as one or more underrepresented ethnic group, 65% were Pell-eligible and 77% were first-generation. 89% of New Start 2014 participants retained to Fall 2015.
The PASS Program assisted 734 students on academic probation during the 2015-2016 academic year. Student attended peer mentoring sessions, workshops and did online modules to help them get back on track.
** The New Start and Bear Down Summer Bridge programs were moved from ASA after the summer of 2016.
- Michelle McKelvey received the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Appointed Professional Outstanding Mentor Award, February 2016.
- Christine Salvesen co-presented “Pay it Forward: Women in Leadership” with Kasey Urquidez, Arezu Corella, Kendal Washington White and Catalina Carlos at the RMACAC Conference, April 2016.
- Tom Murray co-presented “Teaching Leadership through Storytelling and Narrative” with Danielle Barker of University of Washington-Madison at the ACPA Annual Convention, March 2016.
- Jen Ludwig and Tom Murray co-presented “#Fail: Providing Feedback When Employees Miss the Mark” at the ACPA Annual Convention, March 2016.
- Andrea Gomez and Tori Outfleet co-presented “Big Impact, Low Cost: Outreach Strategies for First-Year Success” at the 35th Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, February 2016.