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What is SSS

Each year SSS participants enjoy the following FREE services:

  • Academic Guidance on Major and Career Options
  • Individualized Tutorial Services
  • Mentoring
  • Computer Lab
  • Calculator Checkout
  • Scholarship Opportunities for SSS participants
  • Financial Aid Guidance
  • Social/Cultural Activities
  • Graduate School Guidance



You may qualify to be an SSS participant if you have need for academic support, and you are a U.S. citizen or meet residency requirements to receive federal student aid who is attending UNM fulltime. The eligibility criteria:

  • Have financial need – Federal TRiO Low-Income Levels Chart
  • Neither parent or guardian has a baccalaureate degree
  • OR
  • You have a federally recognized documented disability*.

*Disability according to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the University of New Mexico Policy 2310 is defined as a substantial limitation of a major life function. This includes students with visual, hearing, learning, psychological, orthopedic and chronic health disabilities. Students enrolled in SSS must register with UNM’s Accessibility Resource Center: ARC website for the potential of additional academic services.

Advising

SSS offers an array of academic support for participants. SSS academic advisors are committed to providing quality services that extend to academic, financial and personal questions.

How do SSS-TRiO participants benefit from our advising?

  • Time and individualized attention are two of the biggest benefits you will find when working with SSS academic advisors. SSS will only accept 160 participants during an academic year. Participants meet with SSS advisors on a regular basis by appointment. In situations you feel are urgent you may contact the office for the earliest available time. In some instances you may want to meet with an SSS advisor to discuss options you may have not previously considered and you will not be limited to the number of times that you come in. We meet the needs of participants by offering extended hours to provide you advisement beyond the typical 8-5 schedule.
  • Confidentiality is a key in all meetings with SSS academic advisors. All advising is kept in strict confidentiality so that participants are in a safe environment to address issues or concerns.
  • SSS academic advisors are knowledgeable of current UNM academic advising policies. We are committed to provide you quality service and consistently work with UNM’s University College Advisement Center to receive trainings on updates that directly affect you. SSS participants also receive the added benefit of our academic advisors who are also knowledgeable about financial aid and will guide you through your financial aid questions.
  • Success is a goal for all participants. SSS academic advisors also serve as your very own academic coach to help you develop strategies for your academic career.

Application

How do I apply? Download SSS Aplication (pdf)

Priority deadline extended to August 1, for fall semester and December 15 for spring semester or applications accepted until positions filled.

Mail in:

SSS-TRiO
MSC 06 3715
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Delivery in person:

Mesa Vista Hall (East of Student Union Building), 3rd floor, Room 3042

Once your application is received you will be notified by our office. If you have questions, you may contact us by phone at 505-277-3230 or by email at unmsss@unm.edu.

Contact Information

SSS-TRiO

MSC 06 3715
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Mesa Vista Hall (east of Student Union Building), 3rd floor, Room 3042

Dawn A. BlueSky-Hill
505-277-3230
Tania Aramburu Garnas
505-277-3197
Email:

unmsss@unm.edu

Tutorial Services

College courses may be challenging for a variety of reasons. Individualized tutorial services are provided to help you gain an extra edge in your coursework. To ensure success in the classroom the tutors will help you strengthen your own study skills and provide academic support in the following course subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics up to 163
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics 151
  • Public Speaking
  • Spanish
  • Psychology

For additional subjects or general questions about tutoring, call 277-3230 or email unmsss@unm.edu.


Mentoring

“A mentor is a guide who leads a traveler on a pilgrimage of discovery.”-Harris Schenz (1990)

Adapting to university life can be overwhelming for many students. The goal of the mentoring aspect of SSS is to improve the retention and graduation rates. SSS mentors are upperclassmen that have exhibited academic proficiency and leadership abilities.

The mentors assist our participants by helping them to become acclimated to college life at UNM. The mentoring component can be a gratifying and wonderful experience because you have access to upperclassmen who know the ropes of UNM. Mentors promote and encourage their mentees to participate in events and activities to develop campus involvement. Mentees are able to discuss issues they are experiencing. The mentors offer their own experiences and provide essential information that one can only learn by experience.

Mentoring


Activities

Free interactive social and cultural activities are offered throughout the academic year which promotes balance in your academic career at UNM and encourages you to network with other SSS participants. The activities are held both on campus and off-campus to become aware of the rich culture of New Mexico and to appreciate other cultures of the world.

Activities

Highlights

Shannon Peterson

Student Highlight, Shannon Peterson, March 2014

Shannon Peterson joined UNM’s Student Support Services-TRiO (SSS) program in the fall of 2012 where as a freshman she was matched with a Tutor/Mentor and met with SSS Sr. Student Program Advisors on a regular basis.

Shannon Peterson is a mechanical engineering major, who achieved Dean’s list in fall 2013. SSS selected Shannon in her sophomore year to be a Tutor/Mentor based on her outstanding academic standing as well as having great mentor qualities. In her role of Tutor/Mentor, she is a student role model and continues to demonstrate an excellent work ethic. She tutors English, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. “Working at SSS means a lot to me because it is like my UNM family. Since my hometown is back in Denver SSS serves as a base for me,” says Shannon. During her spare time, she enjoys working out Johnson Gym and watching Ancient Aliens. She also likes to stay connected to her American Indian Dine customs and is attending the 2104 Denver March Powwow.

SSS is 100% funded from a grant from the US Dept. of Education Federal TRiO Programs. SSS is located at Mesa Vista Hall 3042 and is currently recruiting for the fall 2014 cohort.

Student Support Services-TRIO College Enrichment and Outreach Programs Division of Student Affairs University of New Mexico

The mission of Student Support Services-TRiO is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of program partici­pants at the University of New Mexico Main Campus. The SSS program draws upon a holistic framework where committed participants receive individualized support by ad­dressing their educational and personal needs. Support is of­fered through academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, career advisement, personal guidance, financial guidance, graduate school guidance, workshops and social/cultural events. SSS Supplemental Grant Awards are available to eligible partici­pants based upon available funds. The UNM SSS program is 100% federally funded through grant from the US Department of Education TRiO Programs.

SSS targets 160 UNM undergraduate students who are first generation to college, low-income and/or have a documented disability. The definition of low-income is specific to TRiO programs and “means an individual from a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of an amount equal to the poverty level determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census.” The TRiO definition takes into consideration number of family members in the household and is based on ‘taxable’ income. Therefore, SSS may categorize a student as low-income based on taxable income and UNM Financial Aid may not consider them low-income because adjusted gross is used.

To demonstrate the impact of Student Support Service TRiO with UNM’s strategic plan several key performance indicators are used to illustrate.

THIRD SEMESTER RETENTION RATE: Third semester retention rates measure the percentage of students who persist through their first two semesters, and enroll again for their third. Student Support Services-TRiO (SSS) tracks the academic performance of program participants including this key indicator of persistence to the third semester. SSS retention to the third semester was 96% (SSS Annual Performance Report 2010-2011).

GRADUATION RATE: Graduation rates measure the percentage of students who apply for admission to UNM as a degree seeking student and who then graduate with a bachelor’s degree. SSS annually tracks the six-year graduation rate of program participants. Additionally, UNM Enrollment Management uses this standard definition for a six-year graduation rate which is “measured by the percentage of full-time baccalaureate-seeking students who graduate within six years.” The 2005-2006 cohort has a six-year graduation rate of 67% (SSS APR 2010-2011).

COURSE COMPLETION: “Course completion rates” measure the percentage of students who are still registered for the course at the end of the semester. Not applicable for SSS.

STEM GRADUATION: Stem graduation rates measure the percentage of students who were admitted to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree programs and who graduated with bachelor’s degree in these same programs. Not applicable for SSS.

LOW INCOME GRADUATION: Low-income student graduation rates measure the percentage of students from low-income households who were admitted to UNM as a degree seeking student and who then graduate with a bachelor’s degree. SSS uses the operating definition of low-income based on federal TRiO program criteria. Recipients of a Pell Grant are not automatically considered low-income in SSS. This key performance indicator is not required by the federal government however the information is collected and may be reported on. RESEARCH: Research may come in two forms: participation in student research at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participation in professional research by program faculty and staff. In general, quantifying the research impact is highly individualized for each program. For instance, one program may report the number of undergraduate students participating in research workshops, another may report the number of students participating in long-term research projects, and a third may report the number of research project completed by staff or faculty paid through the program. Part of the intrinsic SSS program services is to encourage students to participate in undergraduate research through departmental honors thesis, independent study research projects, and participation in a third party research based program such as UNM’s Research Opportunity Program or UNM’s Ronald E. McNair Research Program. This key performance indicator is not required by the federal government; this specific information is not collected.

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT: New student enrollment rates refer to the number of new students who enroll in higher education each semester or each year. In general, quantifying the impact of New Student Enrollment is highly individualized for each program. This key performance indicator is not required by the federal government however the information is collected and may be reported on. NEW MEXICO ACHIEVEMENT GAPS: Numerous populations within New Mexico experience college entrance and graduation rates that are lower than desired. Among UNM’s mission is the desire to create an educational system that promotes equitable achievement for all students. For instance, college graduation rates for low-income students, rural students and students of color are often lower than those for white students or students from middle-class families. Quantifying impact on the achievement gaps in New Mexico is highly individualized for each program. This key performance indicator is not required by the federal government however the information is collected on ethnicity and graduation rates for low-income participants and may be reported on.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND CAREER READINESS (SLDCR): SLDCR measures performance that is not easily quantified. It measures the impact on developing leaders, and on assisting students as they progress from college to the workforce in a way that allows them to achieve their life goals. Quantifying impact on SLDCR is highly individualized for each program. For instance, one program may report the number of students served who hold student leadership positions at UNM, and another may report the number of students served who find a job related to their degree within six months of graduation. SSS provides services to encourage students to participate in organizations and aspire to leadership roles. SSS provides various workshops which may include career readiness. Additionally, SSS provides encourages advancement to graduate programs leading to careers.

P-20 PIPELINE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Many student services initiatives are focused on serving the community, or on preparing students to progress through the public school system and into higher education. SSS is limited to provide services to program participants. Not applicable for SSS.



Student Support Services

Our Mission

The mission of Student Support Services-TRiO is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of program partici­pants at the University of New Mexico Main Campus. The SSS program draws upon a holistic framework where committed participants receive individualized support by ad­dressing their educational and personal needs. Support is of­fered through academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, career advisement, personal guidance, financial guidance, graduate school guidance, workshops and social/cultural events. SSS Supplemental Grant Awards are available to eligible partici­pants based upon available funds. The UNM SSS program is 100% federally funded through grant from the US Department of Education TRiO Programs.

Who We Serve

SSS is one of three TRiO programs originally funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965, U.S. Department of Education Office of TRiO Programs. SSS at The University of New Mexico is one of over 900 programs nationally designed to increase the academic performance, retention and graduation rates of program participants.

SSS targets 160 UNM undergraduate students who are first generation to college, low-income and/or have a documented disability. The definition of low-income is specific to TRiO programs and “means an individual from a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of an amount equal to the poverty level determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census.” The TRiO definition takes into consideration number of family members in the household and is based on ‘taxable’ income. Therefore, SSS may categorize a student as low-income based on taxable income and UNM Financial Aid may not consider them low-income because adjusted gross is used.

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