Access to Success Conference 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wisconsin Room
9 am - 4:30 pm
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Join us to define the future of Access to Success by examining the undergraduate experience through multiple lenses. The success of this day relies on voices from all facets of the university including instructors, advisors, student affairs staff, students, teaching assistants, and administration. This interactive day will include four main presentations, student participation and discussion groups. Lunch will be provided.

UWM has seen significant success with the Access to Success goals since its implementation. First year students who participate in Access to Success interventions consistently perform better and are retained at higher rates than those who do not. Since implemented in 2005, retention has increased for all students 4 percent and for students of color 11 percent.

The following questions will be addressed through presentations and participant feedback:

  • How will the proposed General Education model impact student success and retention?
  • How are we currently implementing High Impact Practices such as Undergraduate Research, Peer Mentoring, Online Tutoring and Learning Communities? How are they impacting student success?
  • How can we best address the student experience regarding affordability, student employment, advising, campus climate, security, and retention of high achieving students?
  • Utilizing direct student feedback, we hope to address the following questions: What makes you feel that UWM is invested in your success? What investment did you make in your success at UWM? What was the biggest obstacle to your success at UWM? How did you overcome it? What brought you to UWM and what keeps you here?

The new Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Micheal Laliberte and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Phyllis King will lead a discussion on the future of Access to Success.

All participants and the campus community are invited to a reception celebrating the success of A2S from 3:30-4:30 in the Wisconsin Room Lounge. We will recognize the faculty, staff and student leaders whose dedication to student success has led to an enhanced experience for UWM undergraduate students.

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Documents from the 2011 A2S Conference

High Impact Practices (.ppt)

Commission on Student Life & Learning Review (.ppt)

General Education Requirements Reform (.ppt)

If you have any comments or questions about the 2011 Access to Success Conference, please contact Ericca Rolland at or (414) 229-6760.