Success Strategy: YOU@UWM

UWM provides students with a number of excellent services to help them be successful. One new addition to UWM’s suite of support resources is the web-based platform YOU@UWM.  YOU@UWM provides students with information on academic success and well-being while also highlighting available campus resources. YOU@UWM… Read More

Success Strategy: Online Workload

As a result of the transition to online instruction, advisors and administrators have had multiple reports from students that workload has increased significantly. To compensate for the loss of class time, instructors have added reading and writing assignments. While we… Read More

Success Strategy: Persistence Action Team

Earlier this semester, a few of us visited the University of South Florida in Tampa, where we spent a day meeting with their student success specialists. We were particularly impressed by their “Persistence Committee,” which they launched in 2016 when… Read More

Success Strategy: Reaching Out When Teaching Online

Instructors are often in the best position to make an effective outreach to students. A personal note from you can make all the difference for an unengaged student, and given the massive changes they, and many of us, are facing… Read More

Success Strategy: Engaging Students and Building Community in Online Teaching

As we get ready to teach online through the end of the semester, our students can benefit from strategies designed to promote engagement and build community. As a start, consult CETL’s resources on moving your course online along with the… Read More

Success Strategy: Academic Service Learning

UWM has a long history of strong ties to the City of Milwaukee, as demonstrated by our Carnegie Designation for Community Engagement. One of the ways UWM faculty and teaching staff can connect to this part of the UWM identity… Read More

Success Strategy: Adopt an Open Textbook

Something to consider as you start to think about summer and fall teaching: Expensive textbooks can be a significant barrier to student success. Seven out of 10 students report not purchasing required textbooks, and 60% of students delay purchasing them… Read More

Success Strategy: Help Students Understand Their Progress

All instructors have had difficult conversations with students who are questioning their grades. Even though these conversations can be frustrating at times, we need to focus on why a student received a certain grade and what they can do to improve…. Read More

Success Strategy: Optimize Use of the Canvas Gradebook

Many high schools post grades online, so students are accustomed to knowing how they’re doing and being able to check at any time. The good news is that UWM has made progress: 85% of active Canvas courses in Fall 2019… Read More

Success Strategy: Encourage (or even Incentivize) Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring

UWM data shows that students who are regularly going to tutoring or to supplemental instruction (peer-assisted study) receive higher course grades and are retained at a higher rate—12.1 percentage points higher for tutoring and 18.5 percentage points higher for supplemental… Read More