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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 qualify for this program when they have an index score of < 45.  The index score is calculated from GPA and admission test scores.  Our students have a team of people who work to help our students succeed.  We help students find their personal pathway for success!

Each student has a Success Coach they meet with throughout the semester, who helps them set goals, connect to resources, and learn how to navigate college. Our students enroll in the Study Skills and Student Success Class that is designed to teach study skills and time management; connect students to campus resources; teach students on 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.  Students join together again for a 2nd Semester course, Career and Life Skills where they learn some essential soft skills for success.

Additionally, our students have access to the Student Success Center, a one-stop resource spot on campus.  We have computers, printer, free printing, study tables, people to answer questions, games, and snacks.

Our students work with their Academic Advisor to create a balanced schedule that works towards completing their general math and English requirements.  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

Developing a Growth Mindsets

with Carol Dweck


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:

  • SUCCESS COACH- Provides support, resources, financial, career, goal setting and personal guidance in make your college dreams a reality.
  • ACADEMIC ADVISOR- Students are required to work with an academic advisor to ensure that you have a balanced schedule that is aligned with your academic goals. You complete a survey on our Welcome Site (canvas) called the Registration & Program Agreement the first semester and your Academic Advisor will build a schedule for the for you. The second semester the Academic Advisor comes into the classroom and helps you get registered for classes.
  • STUDENT SUCCESS COURSES- Required SSC 1020 Study Skills and Student Success and SSC 1060 Career and Life Skills.
  • SUCCESS SESSION- Prior to the beginning of 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 a events and opportunities for students to connect with other students in the program. Our events include: Dixie Rock 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 and food.

Who Are We

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 succeed at DSU.  You have qualified for this program based upon your index score, a combination of your GPA and admission test scores.  Additionally, students who have an index score of  less than 45 to qualify for our 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.

Student Testimonials

Here is what our students have to say about our program…

Student Testimonials


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

7 Super Tips

from Mel Robbins

Monthly Events

Oct 29, 2020 Student Success Fall Festival

Come to the Diagonal on October 29th at 7:30 pm for the Student Success Fall Festival.  We will be making Fall Lantern’s and there will be food, prizes, and games.

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Jamie Kearra

Director of Structured Enrollment

Email: Jamie.Kearra@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4613

Office: Browning 114