University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education


  • Honors Convocation
    Honors Convocation is an awards ceremony that recognizes high-achieving students in University Honors.
  • Student Success
    Student Success houses a variety of initiatives and activities. It provides support for the First Year Learning Communities, the ARC Supplemental Instruction and Early Warning Programs, the research activities within the Undergraduate Research in the Community Program, the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Research Journal, and has contributed to UE’s success in receiving outside grant support with the subsequent grant management for the several campus programs (e.g., STEM Pathway CCRAA grant, CHASS Connect Evaluation FIPSE grant, and California Campus Compact Students In Service grant).
  • 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.
  • Deadline Extended to May 9 in Search for Howard H. Hays Professor and Director of University Honors
    April 14, 2014

    The Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) announces an extension for applications Director of University Honors. The application deadline has been extended to May 9 .

    Please also note the following changes in the search process: Letters of application should be addressed to UE Chief Financial and Administrative Officer JoAnn Javier. Applications should be submitted via email ( with the subject line: Application for University Honors Director.

    It is particularly important to the Office of Undergraduate Education that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds be considered for this position. The Office will be consulting with the Senate, the deans, and administrators involved in faculty development to build a diverse applicant pool.

    The position will carry the title Howard H. Hays Professor and Director of University Honors. The successful candidate will also serve as Associate Vice Provost in UE.

    The Howard H. Hays Professor and Director of University Honors is responsible for providing vision and intellectual leadership for the University Honors (UH) Program. UH is a four-year program enrolling approximately 200 new students each fall and more than 600 total students. These students take five two-unit courses together during their undergraduate career in honors, as well as an Ignition Seminar offered by UH in freshman year. Other Honors courses are offered by the academic departments. The program culminates in a faculty-mentored senior research or creative activity project.

    University Honors is located in a wing of the second floor of Olmsted Hall. The Director will have an office in Olmsted as well as an office on the third floor of the Surge Building.

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  • Students can now register for R'Courses
    March 27, 2014
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    Student interest is growing for the new R'Course initiative! Students may now register for these student initiated, student facilitated courses by contacting the department and facilitator for the course of their choice. Click here for a list of courses, descriptions, and contact information.

  • Associate Vice Provost Thomas M. Perring to Return to Professorship
    March 24, 2014
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    I write to thank Associate Vice Provost Thomas M. Perring for his service to the campus as Faculty Director of University Honors and Faculty Director of Off-Campus Academic Experiences. Tom will be returning to his professorship in the Department of Entomology as of July 1.

    During Tom's tenure as Director, University Honors (UH) made major strides. It implemented the campus "Re-envisioning Honors" report, moving from separate lower and upper-division programs to an integrated four-year program. UH implemented a new curriculum providing all Honors students with common classroom experiences, as well as Ignition Seminars for first-year students. Tom recruited Honors faculty to work, advise, and teach in the program. Together with Tom and the UH staff, these faculty members have provided the necessary energy and enthusiasm to move Honors forward. A recent evaluation study showed that UH students perform better in their first-year classes than non-Honors students who come to UCR with similar academic characteristics. The report also showed high levels of satisfaction among UH students with the program. The number of students writing honors theses has grown every year during Tom's tenure. Reviewers of UH have cited the high quality of senior theses produced by Honors students. Under Tom's leadership, UH has also begun to emerge as an important avenue for recruiting top high school students to the campus.

    During the last year, Tom also provided direction for the Office of Off-Campus Academic Experiences, which houses Study Abroad and the UCDC program. During this period, applications to Study Abroad increased.

    A strong University Honors program is an essential pillar of the campus' strategic plan, UCR 2020, which emphasizes the importance of developing "a distinctive honors program to attract and challenge high-achieving students." Tom has contributed mightily to the realization of this campus goal.

    The Office of Undergraduate Education will be conducting an internal campus search for a new full-time Director of University Honors whose title will be Howard H. Hays Professor and Director of University Honors. The new Director will also serve as Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The call will be widely distributed among the faculty beginning later this week.

  • Internships with Greater Riverside Community Organizations
    February 24, 2014

    The Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) is pleased to announce a pilot internship program with community organizations in the greater Riverside area.

    Interns will be matched by the Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties with organizations requiring their skills for up to 10 hours per week. The goal of this program is to show that well-qualified UCR students can and will add value to the work of community organizations. For students, this can be an opportunity to hone skills and to gain valuable work experience, perhaps even to make contacts that will lead to jobs. Opportunities to gain credit for internship experiences are available in your major academic departments through 198I courses. UE will help facilitate 198I enrollments for course credit.

    In spring term UE will recruit and select several students for this pilot effort. The Community Foundation will provide matches to students' skills and experience. To apply, please fill out the application form .

    We will begin reviewing applications on March 1. You will be notified by March 15 if you have been selected for one of the internships. Internships will begin at the beginning of spring term.

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  • Assistant Director, University Honors Program

    The Assistant Director of Student Affairs manages the student affairs components of University Honors. This includes oversight of recruitment efforts; orientation and transition; requirements for completion; student success and personal growth programming; peer mentor training and leadership; and campus service and civic engagement; thesis development and completion; and professional development including encouraging student involvement in undergraduate research. This individual serves as a recognized resource of high-achieving undergraduate student success programs, especially with a student population that has great diversity and high numbers of low income and first generation students. The Assistant Director supervises two Student Development Coordinators (SAOIII). The Assistant Director of Student Affairs serves with general direction from, and reports to, the University Honors Director.

    University Honors is a four year program that selects high achieving participants from the incoming first year students. Additionally, the program provides entry portals for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and Transfer populations. The enrollment of the University Honors community remains between 4-5% of the undergraduate student population.

    Visit the UCR HR Jobs posting to apply
  • Assistant Director for Academic Partnership Program, Academic Resource Center

    Academic Resource Center
    Student Affairs Officer 4, Supervisor; Title Code 4357
    Annual Salary Range: $48,678 - $74,144

    UCR’s ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER invites qualified applicants to apply for an exciting career opportunity with the Office of Undergraduate Education's Academic Resource Center.

    The Academic Resource Centers Assistant Director for Academic Partnership Programs manages overall coordination and operation of the Academic Partnership Programs unit, which specializes in academic support programs that are driven by partnerships with faculty and academic units to facilitate student success. The Assistant Director provides leadership, planning and supervision for the following campus-wide programs: Early Assist, Summer Bridge, Math Preparation Programs (Math Advisory Exam and Intermediate Algebra Workshop), Upper Division and Graduate Student Support Programs (Standardized Examination Preparation Workshops), and Writing Support Programs. The incumbent directly supervises 3-4 FTE staff (Level 2 & 3 Student Affairs Officer and Student Affairs Officer Supervisors) and indirectly supervises 10-12 full-time, contract, and part-time employees; managing an annual operating budget of approximately $1M. The Assistant Director may represent the Director in meetings with faculty, administration, and student leadership. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of the Academic Resource Center.

    The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree and 5+ years demonstrated experience in increasingly responsible positions in higher education. Demonstrated management experience, including: 1) ability to recruit, train, supervise, assign and delegate workflow, and evaluate full time and student staff; and 2) demonstrated success in managing budgets of similar size. The successful candidate will also have: a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain open and effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University; a record of leadership with a focus on collaboration; a commitment to working in a multicultural community; and a strong work ethic focusing on student success. Successful performance in an on-campus interview is also required. For a list of minimum requirements a preferred qualifications and additional information please visit the UCR Job Site.

    The UCR Academic Resource Center provides student academic support programs and services including supplemental instruction, tutoring assistance, peer mentorship, study skills instruction, early assist, math placement and instruction, summer bridge, and intervention programs for all students, including students at-risk or in academic difficulty. The department has 20 FTE professional staff and over 200 part-time student employees annually.

    Position open until filled. To apply for this position please visit JOBS AT UCR.

UCR's Graduation Rate Initiative

Last June, 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.

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*

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Undergraduate Education
321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-7750
Fax: (951) 827-7745