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  • Honors Convocation
    Honors Convocation is an awards ceremony that recognizes high-achieving students across all four undergraduate colleges (BCOE, CHASS, CNAS, SOBA).
  • WASC Re-accreditation
    WASC Re-accreditation provides a range of support services intended to maximize UCR students' competitiveness for prestigious awards. The office works with students at all academic levels to create effective strategies for securing scholarships, fellowships, and awards.
  • Leadership Pathway
    The program is intended for sophomores and juniors who have the potential to become leaders in their communities, in business, politics, non-profits, or professional fields. The program is based on strategies for drawing on the “Three E’s” of leadership development: Education, Exemplars, and Experience.
  • STEM Outreach
    The charge of the STEM Education Campus Advisory and Technical Committee is to oversee campus coordination and provide guidance on all activity related to K-12 partnership work involving the establishment and development of STEM schools and associated academies.
  • Staff Assembly: 'Outstanding Staff Awards' Reception and Announcement of New Executive Board
    June 20, 2017
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    The annual Outstanding Staff Awards recognized 18 staff member nominees - and eight award recipients - during a reception at the chancellor's residence.

    On June 12, UCR Staff Assembly organized the annual event, meant to applaud the contributions employees make on a daily basis within their respective departments.

    "It's an honor to have a chance to meet all of you. I'm proud and pleased that you are part of our university," Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox told the crowd, which included award winners, nominees, their families and coworkers, as well as several leaders from the campus administration.

    This year 23 people were nominated under five categories, 18 were finalists, and eight were chosen as the award recipients. Meet the 2017 Outstanding Staff Awards winners:

    Staff Who Make a Difference Staff
    Frank Figueroa, Career Center
    Rena Burton, Academic Resource Center
    David Ladner, Facilities Services
    Ross French, School of Medicine, Dean's Office

    Read more at UCR Today

  • UC Riverside Undergraduate Students Win Prestigious National Awards
    June 15, 2017
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    Fourteen students at the University of California, Riverside, have been honored with prestigious national awards during the 2016-2017 academic year.

    "I am very proud of the accomplishments that UCR students are making at the national and international level," said Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz, the director of Student Success Programs in the Office of Undergraduate Education. "A goal of ours is to expose students to opportunities they did not know existed, and inspire them to believe that they are competitive to apply and win."

    Since 2012, the Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) has experienced tremendous growth in the number of awards at UCR students win from Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Fulbright, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program, and the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship, and, the list continues to expand.

    Read more at UCR Today

  • $50,000 Grant Supports Matching Students with Community Learning Opportunities
    June 13, 2017
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    The University of California Riverside’s Office of Undergraduate Education has received a $50,000 grant to ramp up community-engaged learning opportunities for undergraduate students. The funds will help match students with community service opportunities related to their coursework.

    The award, called a Collaborative Opportunity Grant, is from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU, and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, or USU. Twelve universities received $50,000 each with the grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to encourage community partnerships that aim to improve student success.

    At UCR, the money will support integrating and increasing efforts to match volunteers and interns with community opportunities, said Elizabeth Claassen Thrush, educational initiatives coordinator for Undergraduate Education. This includes streamlining and subsidizing the application and background check process, leading orientations for students, tracking interactions through an online learning module, providing opportunities for academic reflection, and generating reports. Key to this effort are four part-time student coordinators, paid by the grant, who oversee processes, advise students, and maintain communication with community partners.

    Read more at UCR Today

  • 'First-Gen Faculty' Campaign Highlights Professors Who Are the First in Their Families to Attend College
    June 13, 2017
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    On Thursday, June 8, UC Riverside officially joined the UC-wide First-Gen Faculty campaign, meant to highlight and identify first-generation professors who can, in turn, serve as mentors for first-generation students.

    This appreciation event was held at the weekly Farmer’s Market by Hinderaker Hall. Faculty members who stopped by the First-Gen Faculty booth could pick up a T-shirt, a pin, and a ticket for a free Moo Moo ice cream cone.

    So far, 88 UCR professors have self-identified as first-generation – the first in their families to achieve a four-year college education. Systemwide, about 800 faculty members are participating in the campaign. First-generation faculty members are encouraged to wear First-Gen T-shirts, buttons, and are expected to share their college experience with students.

    Read more at UCR Today

  • Archived News

Newsletters from the Vice Provost

  • New iLearn tutorials to help you enhance your course
  • Plan your grading to provide feedback to students ahead of withdraw deadline (2/17)
  • Please include information about ARC resources in your W17 course syllabus
  • Undergraduate Writing Center support for student assignments and projects
  • The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) transitions to the Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Deborah Santiago “Serving Post-traditional Students: Reframing Who and How we Serve” January 12, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, INTS 1113
  • Save the Dates


UCR's Graduation Rate Initiative


In June 2013, EVC/P Dallas Rabenstein appointed a task force to look into the causes of UCR's comparatively low graduation rates and to make recommendations to increase the campus's 4 and 6-year graduation rates.  In January, the Graduation Rate Task Force submitted its final report.  The report has been endorsed by Chancellor Kim Wilcox, EVC/P Rabenstein, and the College deans.



In the coming months the campus will post an implementation plan and reports on the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force.



First-in-the-World Project: Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Student Success (MAAPS)


UCR is one of 11 cooperating institutions that have been funded by the Department of Education’s “First-in-the-World” fund to engage in innovative projects related to student success.



First Generation Program

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UCR has a proud history of supporting first-generation students, or those who neither parent has completed a 4-year degree. As of Fall 2016, first-generation students comprise 58% of new and continuing students - compared to only 34% nationally. At UCR, we see our first-generation students as challenge-seekers, independent, proud, and ambitious. We also recognize that first-generation students have additional challenges less likely to be faced by other populations. First-Generation students are more likely to work while in college, live off-campus, focus on vocational and technical fields of study, and tend to leave college at a rate twice that of students outside this group. First-Generation students also disproportionately hail from underrepresented and underserved populations. At UCR First-Generation students are the norm and we wish to celebrate their achievements.

As part of a new program at UCR, with support of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), the goal is to increase visibility of First-Generation faculty, staff, and students. Our goals are to 1) increase the visibility of faculty, staff, alumni, and other students as role models for first-generation students via marketing and communications, 2) create programs and information streams to advise faculty and staff on best practices to engage and support first-generation students, 3) increase collaboration between various campus support programs and services, and 4) seek additional grant and other funding options. UCR already proudly serves a large first-generation population as part of our everyday work. We also already offer support systems beyond everyday services including: TRIO, MSRIP, Diversity and Inclusion programs, and various peer mentoring services. Beyond these, there are multiple units and individualized programs across campus with unique services support with whom we will seek coalition building and upscaling of these services, where possible, for a wider impact.



For questions, information, or participation inquiries please contact Dr. Thomas Dickson, Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Thomas.dickson@ucr.edu.


The purpose of a university is to produce "more intelligent members of society" by fostering "cultivation of the mind."

John Henry Newman, *The Idea of a University*

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