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CLASS: Coordinated and Linked Approaches to Student Success

 

What is CLASS?

In an effort to maintain a strong focus on student success, specifically to address the academic, social, and financial needs of our undergraduate students and advance our retention and graduation rates in a quantum leap fashion, the UTSA Provost’s office lead the development of CLASS (Coordinated and Linked Approaches to Student Success) Initiative during the fall 2016 term. Key stakeholders from across all divisions of the University were invited to identify critical areas of intervention and coordinate efforts to create evidence-based strategies to improve the success of our students. As a result, throughout the 2016-17 academic year, UTSA has been developing and implementing strategies to improve the following:
    • academic advising services
    • first-year experience program including the AIS 1203 course
    • focused academic support programs
    • onboarding practices
    • financial assistance offerings
    • leadership and professional development opportunities.
Overall, the CLASS efforts aim to increase UTSA's retention and graduation rates to meet the following goals:
    • Increase first-year Roadrunner retention rates within five years:
      76% to 85%
    • Increase 6-year rate graduation rate within 10 years:
      38% to 60%


 

What is the focus of each CLASS strategy?

Learn more about specific programs that are being launched as part of the CLASS Initiative.


Advising


First-Year
Experience / AIS 1203


Onboarding


Focused Academic Support


Leadership & Professional
Preparation


Financial Aid