Student Success Program

Director: Jamie Kearra, PhD
Office: Room 114
Location: Browning Resource Center
Phone: (435) 879-4613

Student Success Program

The Student Success Program is a structured program for first-time freshmen who come to Utah Tech with a high school GPA of 2.8 or less, to support their college success and achievement.  This mandated program is designed to provide resources and support for underprepared students to best navigate and succeed in college.

Qualifying students will be admitted to University College while in the program and assigned the major of General Education to build a foundation of courses before moving into their intended major. To graduate from the program and declare their major, students must complete their major, students must complete their ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) or ENGL 1010D Introduction to Writing (EN) , and Math course, SSC 1010 Trailblazer Connections, SSC 1025R Active Learning Lab, and SSC 1060 Career and Life Skills

Students in the Student Success Program have a First Year Advising hold on their account, so they meet with their Success Advisor to select their college courses. If a student has an intended program major, they can let their Success Advisor know, and it will be noted in their degree plan. It is essential that students get into math and English right away to make good progress in college and graduate from the program. If ACT or SAT scores aren’t submitted, then students need to take their placement assessments as soon as possible.

The students in the Student Success Program have access to the Student Success Center, a Peer Coach, and Success Advisor to help them navigate their first year of college, while learning about goal setting, exploring careers, campus resources, study skills, time management, motivation and developing GRIT towards their goals and dreams.

Students in the Student Success Program are encouraged to work toward an associate degree as a building block toward a bachelor’s degree, achieving both an associate degree and a bachelor's degree. Additionally, the associate degree in general education is half of any bachelor's degree, thus building progress toward a major.

Students in the Student Success Program are required to complete the following:

  • Submit ACT or SAT scores to the registrar or take the ALEKS (math) or Accuplacer (English) assessment to be placed in the correct math and English courses.
  • Complete the registration survey or meet with a Success Advisor to register for classes. A registration hold is placed on the student account to ensure the student meets with their Success Advisor and the student’s class schedule is optimal for their success.
  • Complete SSC 1010, 1025R and 1060 as electives toward their degree
  • Complete weekly Study Hall and/or tutoring hours
  • Complete English 1010 or English 1010D and a math course
  • Earn a 2.0 or higher GPA

Additionally, students in the Student Success Program cannot add classes after the second week of the semester.

Qualifying students are eligible for the program benefits: scholarships, tips to be a more effective college student, free printing, snacks, and tutoring in the Student Success Center.