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New UW-Eau Claire Blugolds Get the EDGE
MAILED: March 13, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — New students attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall will have an edge toward future success, thanks to measures that will strengthen the university's already extensive programs for assisting incoming freshmen, Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz announced today. The Blugold EDGE - Engagement, Direction, Goals and Experiences will help students succeed in their transition to college life, their college career and their years beyond the university.
To promote the Blugold EDGE, Satz said he is incorporating advice from the members of the director of First Year Experience Search and Screen Committee and the various task forces of the Enrollment Planning Advisory Council. Immediate steps include: assigning the 2002-03 student orientation to Dr. Deborah Gough, director of advising and academic testing; convening a steering committee to coordinate orientation activities among offices and units across campus; and providing orientation program revenue to support expanded traditional summer orientation activities along with the new Phase II orientation when students arrive in the fall. Phase II activities will provide connections between new students, faculty, staff and student peer mentors.
Dean of Students and Director of Academic and Career Services Ann Lapp said she is very excited about the new efforts, which will provide a comprehensive approach aimed at strengthening new students' connections to campus resources. Lapp said the increased coordination between university offices and programs will give students greater opportunities to take advantage of the many services available to help them succeed.
"This gives students the chance to take charge of their futures," Lapp said. "They will receive guidance in setting goals for college and their careers, have opportunities to gain experience through internships and service-learning and be engaged in the total university experience both in and out of the classroom."
Gough's appointment is effective March 15. Also effective the same date, Dr. Jason Tetzloff, interim First Year Experience director, will increase his time devoted to coordinating first year experience courses in consultation with deans and to providing professional development for FYE faculty, staff and student peer mentors. In addition, Tetzloff will assist Satz with special projects involving student retention and other related issues. During the 2002-03 academic year, Tetzloff will continue work with FYE programs and teach FYE and other general education courses.
Satz said at this time of limited resources and uncertainty over budgets it is imperative UW-Eau Claire strengthen its efforts to promote student retention and success.
"It is more crucial than ever that every possible effort be made to assure student success. This is a critical resource issue for our state, because our students are our state's future," Satz said.
The Blugold EDGE measures announced today will be followed by others that emerge from strategic planning activities of the new steering committee.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 13, 2002