Success Initiatives

 

CircleIn
 CircleIn is a free studying app where students can study remotely, collaborate with peers in order to communicate and exchange ideas, access tutors or Peer Learning Assistants, and stay productive.

 

Seawolf Tracks
In Fall 2018, UAA launched Seawolf Tracks, a suite of interconnected electronic tools to help achieve our top priority: the success of our students! Seawolf Tracks includes two valuable products – a mobile app and an advising platform - to keep students on an optimal academic track, connected to their advisors and campus resources, and making progress toward graduation.

 

Seawolf Mentor
UAA has partnered with the Mentor Collective to launch Seawolf Mentor. The program enhances the student experience by linking them one-on-one with a peer mentor. Students are paired with someone who has walked in their shoes and is invested in their success — a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain career advice and valuable insights, while mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders. 

 

UAA Textbook Affordability

Textbook costs play a major role in the cost of a college education, and the high cost of textbooks directly undermines student success, access, and affordability -- central values of UAA’s 2020 mission. While low-cost alternatives to many textbooks exist, adopting affordable textbooks can be challenging for faculty. Worse, students may feel powerless to advocate for affordable textbooks if they believe they have no influence in faculty textbook adoptions.

One way to reduce the out-of-pocket cost for students is to adopt free or low-cost textbooks. Adopting free-to-access materials, or Open Education Resources (OER), has been demonstrated to improve student success. When students have access to their materials from the first day of class, grades improve and withdrawal rates decrease, especially for those students traditionally underrepresented in higher ed (Colvard et al., 2018). Students also take more courses, allowing them to move toward graduation faster (Hilton et al., 2015).