The Student Success Program at Dixie State University is a structured first-year program designed to help students build a strong foundation for success.  Students with a high school GPA of less than 2.8 qualify for this program. Our students have a team of people who work to help you succeed and find a personal pathway to success to reach your goals and dreams.

Each student has a Peer Coach they meet with throughout the semester, which helps them set goals, connect to resources, and learn how to navigate college. Our students enroll in the Study Skills and Student Success Class  (SSC 1020)that is designed to teach study skills and time management; connect students to campus resources; teach students how to use their strengths to succeed academically; this course has an embedded Active Learning Lab, so our students have the opportunity to apply new study skills to current assignments, and Student Success Seminar (SSC 2990) which helps students develop a study plan for college success. Students join together again for a 2nd Semester course, Career and Life Skills, where they learn about and develop soft skills for career and life success.  All of these courses work towards your degree as general electives.

Additionally, our students have access to the Student Success Center, a one-stop resource spot on campus.  We have computers, free printing, study tables, a lounge area, games, and snacks; and most importantly, the people to answer your questions…your Peer Coaches and Success Advisors! Our students have access to specific scholarships:  the Rising Star and the Student Success GRIT Scholarship.

Our students work with their Academic Success Advisor to create a balanced schedule that works towards completing their general math and English requirements, which are foundational classes for all degrees.  Students will have a first-year advising hold that ensures their Academic Advisor works with you.  It won’t stop you from changing or viewing your schedule.

We BELIEVE in our students and their ability to succeed, and when you are in our program, you have a team of people who have your back and will encourage you to do the work necessary for you to make your dreams a reality.


Jamie Kearra, MS
Director of Structured Enrollment

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The Student Success Program provides you with the structure, support, and resources to create a foundation for your academic success.  The Student Success Program provides you with the following benefits:

  • PEER COACH –Provides support, resources, financial, career, goal setting, and personal guidance in making your first year of college success.
  • ACADEMIC ADVISOR- Students are required to work with an academic advisor to ensure that they have a balanced schedule that is aligned with their academic goals. You will meet your Academic Advisor at Trailblazer Orientation and meet several times a semester to support and guide you in your first year of college.
  • STUDENT SUCCESS COURSES- Required SSC 1020 (Study Skills and Student Success), SSC 2990 (Student Seminar), SSC 1060 (Career and Life Skills).
  • SUCCESS SESSION- Before beginning your first semester, you will participate in our program orientation.  You will understand the expectations and benefits of the program, as well as the requirements. Students will sign a Program Agreement and complete a New Student Intake Form.
  • STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER- A place to study, hang out, meet with your success coach and come to get any of your questions answered about college. As a student in our program, you have access to our computers and can print for free. We have snacks, games, and popcorn for our students.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS- As a student in our program, you are eligible for the Rising Star Scholarship and the GRIT scholarship.
  • COMMUNITY- We have events and opportunities for students to connect with other students in the program. Our events include Welcome Event, Movie Night, Outdoor Leadership Trip, Holiday Feast, and Crunch & Munch.
  • RAFFLE-  As a Student in our program, you can earn raffle tickets during the semester by meeting with your Success Coach, attending events, and be eligible to win some great prizes, including book scholarships, flat screen tv, mini-fridge, parking pass,o-light,  and food.

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As a part of your admissions at Dixie State University, you may be admitted into the Student Success Program, a program specifically designed to assist academically at-risk students to succeed at DSU.  You have qualified for this program based upon your high school GPA, a combination of your GPA; less than 2.8 enrolls you in the program.  As a student in our program you will have a registration hold placed on your account to ensure that you meet with an advisor prior to registration. This gives you the opportunity to get the best schedule for your success and review degree options and career plans. Additionally, the Student Success classes are only for our students so your enrollment in our class is done with instructor permission, this allows you to receive the full benefits of the program.


  • Complete SUCCESS SESSION at the New Student Orientation, New Student Intake and Program Agreement.
  • Meet with your Peer Coach 2-3 times during the semester.
  • Complete and pass SSC 1020, SSC 2990, and SSC 1060.
  • Participation in the Active Learning Lab.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor at midterms and prior to registering for classes.
  • Completion GE math and English requirements.

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Jamie Kearra

Director of Structured Enrollment

Email: Jamie.Kearra@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4613

Office: Browning 114