University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education

UCR Undergraduate Education Newsletter: September 1, 2016

Undergraduate Education Newsletter:  January 2, 2017

Cindy Larive
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

New iLearn tutorials to help you enhance your course

As we look forward to the new quarter, many of us are busy setting up iLearn for our Winter 2017 courses. Are you a minimal user who would like to learn more about the features available in Blackboard? The Instructional Design group has a webpage that is full of short tutorials that can help you customize your course home page in iLearn and incorporate features such as discussion boards, blogs, journals, surveys and quizzes/tests. There are also tutorials on how to make use of the Grade Center utilities. If after working through these tutorials you have questions or need additional assistance, inquiries can be directed to


Plan your grading to provide feedback to students ahead of withdraw deadline (2/17)

One of the toughest adjustments for me when I moved to UCR was adapting to how quickly things move in the quarter system. This is also true for many of our students. Therefore, it is helpful if instructors can plan to have at least one or two exams or major assignments completed and graded before the last day to withdraw from courses (2/17).  If it is clear that a student has a low probability of achieving a C grade based on these assessments, please consider advising the student to withdraw from the course to protect their GPA.


Please include information about ARC resources in your W17 course syllabus

As you prepare your syllabus for the new term, please consider adding the information below and encourage undergraduate students to make use of the various programs offered by the Academic Resource Center (ARC) 

UCR Academic Resource Center

 The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is the central resource for academic support at UCR. All students are strongly encouraged to visit the ARC, which is staffed by professional and student employees who are well trained to provide academic support and dedicated to fostering academic excellence. Resources provided by the ARC include Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Study Skills Workshops, as well as several peer mentoring programs. Staff work with all students, at all skill levels, in all stages of their undergraduate careers. Participating in these services is most useful to students when used pro-actively for academic enrichment. Visit or call 951-827-3721 for more information about hours, location and the schedule of services.

Undergraduate Writing Center support for student assignments and projects

As part of the Academic Resource Center’s mission to support student success, the Undergraduate Writing Center provides writing support to all UCR undergraduate students at no additional cost. They provide writing assistance in any academic discipline during any stage of the writing process through writing consultations and workshops. Tutoring appointments are one-on-one, last about an hour, and focus on helping students develop their academic writing and revising skills. Writing Center workshops are on general writing topics and are open to the campus community. In addition to assignment-based writing support, the Writing Center provides targeted support to students applying for prestigious scholarships/fellowships, preparing UCR Undergraduate Research Journal submissions, and writing Honors theses. 


Undergraduate Research Workshops for the Winter quarter

The Office of Undergraduate Education offers several programs that support undergraduates, including the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Symposium (May 3 & 4), the UCR Undergraduate Research Journal, student mini-grants to support research expenses and conference travel, and the Chancellor’s Research Fellowship program. To help students make use of these resources, several workshops are planned for the winter quarter. For workshop schedules visit Please encourage the undergraduate students you mentor to attend the relevant workshops to help them successfully apply for these programs. 

Please note: We often use the abbreviated term “undergraduate research” as shorthand forResearch, Scholarship and Creative Activities, purposefully defined to accommodate all fields at UCR, including STEM and social science research, the humanities and fine arts. 


Deborah Santiago “Serving Post-traditional Students: Reframing Who and How We Serve” January 12, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, INTS 1113

UCR is rightfully proud of our efforts to educate and mentor a diverse group of students, many of whom are from lower income households and among the first generation of their family to attend University. Indeed, it is our special students and this unique mission that attracts and keeps many faculty and staff at UCR. But this commitment does not necessarily mean that we have adapted all of our systems, programs and services to best serve our students, and their changing needs.  

The January 12th lecture “Serving Post-traditional Students: Reframing Who and How We Serve” by Deborah Santiago, Vice-President for Policy and COO of Excelencia in Education, will explore how institutions and programs designed for non-working, full-time, finish-in-four students might adapt to a new student body. For more than 20 years, Deborah Santiago has led research and policy efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. She co-founded Excelencia in Education to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success. Deborah’s current research focuses on state and federal policy, financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, institutional practices, and student success in higher education.

Sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society, the Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Lecture Series explores diversity in higher education, the public practice of immigrant religion, minority and immigrant civic & political engagement, and global serial migration.


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