About Us

Our History

In 2004, the Student Success and Retention Committee (SSRC) was organized to study the significant retention problem at UVU (at that time losing 60% of freshman in the first year). At the conclusion of that study, which included a Foundations of Excellence® survey to faculty and staff, a Title III grant proposal was written and accepted. Upon receipt of grant funds in 2006, the Office of First Year Experience & Student Retention (FYESR) was formed. In 2018 UVU's retention rate reached to 66%, the highest in our young history.

Our Mission

From orientation through graduation, First-Year Experience & Student Retention supports UVU students by facilitating student connections with the campus community, orchestrating cross-campus collaboration, and promoting academic achievement and a dedication to program completion.

Who we are...

We are INNOVATIVE. We recognize the importance of making meaningful change and being adaptable based on student, departmental, regional, and university needs.

We are COLLABORATIVE. We value the ability to build and maintain supportive relationships across campus, with students, and the regional community.

We are INCLUSIVE. We seek to be mindful of providing services to students that ensures support for their unique needs.

We are PROFESSIONAL. We value integrity, respect, and maintaining high standards with a goal of establishing an environment of civility.

We are GROWTH-MINDED. We recognize the need to develop a "positive restlessness" that lends to continuous improvement based on data and assessment of our efforts.

Our Staff

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