College Q&A

Oct. 1, 2011 at 5:01 a.m.

By Paula Cobler

Now that the University of Houston-Victoria has underclassmen on its campus, have programs been added to support students and promote retention?

Many things have changed at the university since freshmen and sophomores started taking classes a year ago. UHV wants these students to succeed and graduate, so lots of new programs have been added.

"It takes more than one department or office at the university to make this work, and everyone is chipping in," said Sandra Heinold, director of student retention and academic success. "I want students leaving UHV with the same feeling that I have about it: It's a great university where people really care about how you are doing."

Here are just a few of the programs at UHV that recently were added:

Freshman Seminar - This two-credit course educates students about academic expectations at the college level and allows them to explore the different majors and careers available to them.

Success Coach Program - The voluntary program pairs experienced staff members with students who are struggling with the demands of college. They meet regularly, and the staff member helps the student develop the habits needed to be successful in college.

Academic Success Referral System - UHV faculty are able to alert the Student Success Team electronically early in the semester about students who appear to be struggling. Students are contacted by a team member and referred to the appropriate support services.

Dorm Tutoring - Students can go to drop-in tutoring in core courses and writing offered at Jaguar Hall. Tutors work with students face to face during extended hours.

Student Employment Center - An electronic job board in UHV's Career Services office allows students to find out and apply for both on- and off-campus jobs.

Part-Time Job Fair - The fair, held during the first week of the school year, puts students in touch with owners of local businesses and on-campus employers who want to hire part-time employees.

Life After College Series - This series of presentations brings professionals to campus to talk about the requirements of their jobs and their daily activities at work.

Parent Newsletter - Parents of UHV freshmen receive this newsletter every semester to stay informed about university events and higher education issues. The newsletter will be published in both Spanish and English for the first time this semester.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Paula Cobler, UHV interim director of marketing and communications, at 361-570-4350 or



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