Background & Context

University of California President Janet Napolitano has made it clear to the UCSC community that raising four-year graduation rates on our campus is a priority for her.  Toward that end, she has provided multi-year financial support to the campus to improve graduation rates across the board and close achievement gaps between underrepresented minority students and the overall student population.

Even before President Napolitano urged the campus to focus on improving graduation rates, UCSC had already committed itself toward that goal.  In 2011, the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor established “Five for 2015” goals, two of which focused directly on undergraduate student success: increase retention rates for undergraduate students and enhance academic pathways to allow students to graduate in four years or less.

In Spring 2013, the CP/EVC appointed a Faculty Assistant to the CP/EVC (Jaye Padgett, Professor of Linguistics), and in January 2014 a Student Success Steering Committee (SSSC) was formed to address student success issues on campus. The SSSC includes members representing campus leadership, the faculty senate, colleges, divisions, and units on campus involved with student success, programming, and initiatives.

In Fall 2015, the CP/EVC created the new Division of Student Success and appointed Jaye Padgett to the position of Interim Vice Provost for Student Success. In doing so, she moved Retention Services, led by Assistant Vice Provost Pablo Reguerin, from Campus Life to the new Division of Student Success to better align and coordinate academic services.


For more information about student success at UCSC, read the draft "Student Success Strategic Plan" here.