The University of Connecticut created the UConn Connects Program to serve as an intervention program to help students be more successful academically. Students at the University may participate in the UConn Connects program on a semester by semester basis.
The UConn Connects program pairs each student with a staff or peer facilitator who will guide them through the semester. At the very beginning of the semester, and two times a month thereafter, the student and facilitator meet to go over course work and academic progress. The facilitator provides the student with a program guide and lists of academic resources and study skills workshops. The facilitators are highly knowledgeable about the University and are trained to help the student with specific problems or issues that may arise during the semester.
In order to assure academic growth and skill development, evaluations take place throughout the semester. The first evaluation consists of a self-assessment of academic strengths and weaknesses, including such topics as time management, note-taking, and writing skills. The same instrument is used at the end of the semester to assist the student in determining further developmental needs. The third evaluation is a mid-semester grade report that students request from each professor to provide a tangible indicator of academic progress. The final evaluation is the semester grade point average (GPA) which, in the past semesters, has reflected dramatic increases for those students who have fully participated in the program.