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The Student Success Initiative (SSI) has been a collective change management process for assuring timely graduation for every UIC undergraduate. The SSI began with the Chancellor’s charge to the Undergraduate Policy Council in February 2012. The planning and resulting initiative arose from a strong collaboration among the undergraduate colleges, support units, faculty, and students, with collaborative leadership provided by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The goal of the initiative is to significantly increase student success rates as measured by first-to-second-year retention and six-year graduation rates. Throughout much of 2013, eight task forces, including over 200 faculty members, staff, and students, convened and ultimately provided 125 recommendations for campus consideration. The full report was released to campus in Spring 2014 and is archived here.

In Summer 2014, UIC received a grant from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which provided support for planning the implementation of the overall initiative.

At that time, the original task force recommendations were consolidated into a number of “projects” within the four categories of Instruction and Curriculum, Student Learning, Campus life, and Managing College Costs.

Priorities were determined by (a) likely high impact, (b) feasibility, and (c) timeliness. UIC administration, including the Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, endorsed the SSI, tasking the Office of Project Management for Student Success Initiatives and the SSI Leadership Team to proceed with the priority projects, selected for the first round of the implementation phase.

As of Spring 2017, all of the recommendations made by the original task forces have been completed or are in process through the Office of Project Management for Student Success Initiatives, or as incorporated into the existing efforts of other UIC units.

The Office of Project Management for Student Success Initiatives continues to identify and adopt projects that contribute to improvement in undergraduate retention and graduation rates.