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ASU University College administrators, teachers and mentors are garnering attention regionally and nationally for their innovations and outcomes in helping students acheive academic success and graduation. They are leaders in the national dialog on "best practices" and sharing solutions, through their involvement with and service to professional organizations.


Honors, awards and leadership roles

Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education

Ivette Chavez, director, University Academic Success Programs, Integrated Impact Award for "Promoting High School Students' Future Success in College Program," November 2015

Marisel Herrera, director, First-Year Success Programs, Integrated Impact Award, November 2015

Association of Deans and Directors of University Colleges and Undergraduate Studies

Casey Self, executive director of academic services, president, 2013

College Board

Laura Gonzales-Macias, associate director and instructor, American Indian Student Support Services, appointed co-chair, College Board Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI), June 2016

NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising

Casey Self, executive director of academic services, NACADA annual conference keynote address, 2015

Casey Self, executive director of academic services, NACADA Board of Directors, 2006-2009 (president 2008-2009, vice president 2007-2008).

National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition / Cengage Learning

Marisel Herrera, founding director, First-Year Success Center, Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates Award, 2017 Conference on the First-Year Experience

National Symposium on Student Retention

Gina Beyer, director, Academic Success Courses, Directors Award (with James Lewis, Ken Miller and Ginny Saiki), 2014

ASU Council of Academic Advisors

Mercedes Amador, coordinator senior, First-Year Success Center, Advising Support Non-Advising Staff Award, January 2018

ASU University College & College of Integrative Sciences and Arts All-College Awards

Lisa Cahill, associate director of University Academic Support Programs, Award for Outstanding Service, 2017

Funded initiatives

"Bridging Success Early-Start Program: Supporting First-Year Success for Entering Foster Care Alumni"

ASU Foundation / Women and Philanthropy, 2015-2016
Principal Investigator: Jeanne Hanrahan, faculty associate and liaison, University Academic Success Programs Administration 

“Inspire College Readiness Program for American Indian Youth”

Tohono O'odham Tribal Nation - 2016-2017
Arizona Community Foundation - 2015-2016
Principal Investigator: Jeanne Hanrahan, director of Community Outreach and faculty associate, Academic Success Programs
ASU Now stories about Inspire:
"Native students experience week of college life in ASU's Inspire summer camp" (2017)
 "Inspire Native youth to think about college" (2016)

College Recognition

To the many who were recognized for their contributions at the 2017 college meeting, congratulations!

View the 2017 awards