Planning for Student Success

Student Success promotes academic excellence, engagement, and student success by empowering students to make the most of their experience at the University of Denver.

Insights on Student Persistence

For questions about student persistence reports, contact Nathan Zick-Smith, Student Success Analyst.



Illume enables DU to quickly identify at-risk students with high accuracy, gaining insight into the factors specific to DU that are influencing their likelihoods to persist to the next term. These insights can empower our teams to connect at-risk students with faculty, advisors, and support services to improve student outcomes.

Illume optimizes data to maximize insight to inform action and continue learning:

  • Bring data together from different sources and optimize it for analysis.
  • Understand insights surfacing in the data in the context of your institution.
  • Decide on reasonable actions your institution can take as a result of new insights.
  • Learn from the actions taken to discover what works for your unique student population.

For questions about training and use of Illume Student, contact Nathan Zick-Smith, Student Success Analyst.

Student Persistence is a Group Effort

Contact analyst Nathan Zick-Smith to see how you can help keep a student on track.

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Advisors Play a Key Role in Student Success

The mission of the Academic Advising Office is to create an inclusive environment that empowers undergraduate students to successfully transition into college, take ownership over their education, pursue academic interests, engage in learning, and develop a comprehensive network of resources to persist to graduation.

The Academic Advising partnership between faculty and professional advisors creates a seamless experience for students. Faculty Advisors mentor students through the curriculum, course selection, their academic experience in their selected field and they refer students to appropriate campus resources to meet their academic goals. Professional Advisors work with students on degree planning outside of the major, understanding of academic policies and processes, academic development, empowerment, and support, and strength-based skill-building.

Academic Advising

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