Structured First and Second Year Experience
First-year CeO Scholars participate in a structured first-year experience. Four distinct parts contribute to structure:1) First-Year Orientation All CeO Scholars entering the university the fall semester are required to participate in a First-Year Orientation – either the CeO coordinated and hosted, Strategies for Success, or STEM Immersion. In order for CeO to provide effective services and advising, every CeO Scholar is required to complete writing and study skills assessments prior to their participation in the First-Year Orientation.2) High Impact Practice First-year CeO Scholars are required to take a High Impact Practice (HIP) course experience during their first semester at UW-Madison. There are multiple HIP opportunities, courses, and experience options to choose from: Undergraduate Research Scholars, CeO Selected FIGs, Residential Learning Communities Seminar, or CeO selected HIP courses: INTEGSCI 100: Exploring Biology, INTER-HE 201: Belonging, Purpose, and the Ecology of Human Happiness: EcoYou, INTER-AG 155: Issues in Agriculture, Environment, and life sciences, or COUN PSYCH 125: Wisconsin Experience Seminar.3) First-Year Mentoring First-year CeO Scholars are required to participate in one of CeO’s First-Year Mentoring programs: STEM or Guiding Peers to Success (GPS). The CeO Mentoring programs meet during the entire academic year. First-Year CeO Scholars are required to reserve their time on their schedule each Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.4) CeO Advising First-year CeO Scholars are required to meet with their CeO Advisor six times (at the minimum) during their first year at UW-Madison. They will complete an academic progress assessment by meeting with each of their instructors during their first two semesters at UW-Madison. During the course of the year the first year, CeO Scholars will discuss their course selection, major exploration, career exploration, personal/professional goals, and post-graduate goals with their CeO Advisor.These requirements are intended to support a successful transition to college from high school and to create a community of engagement and connection at UW-Madison. Also incorporated into the CeO First and Second Year experience are the Second Year Program, CeO Study Abroad Advising, and CeO Career Advising.
Support for Scholars with Disabilities
CeO Staff work closely with CeO Scholars with disabilities to facilitate their learning experience. We also work collaboratively with the McBurney Disability Resource Center in supporting our students who needs accommodations.
CeO provides an opportunity for students to take classes with other CeO and Divison of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement students. The classes chosen meet the requirements of many majors and more importantly, enhance students’ academic skills and success. Each semester, special emphasis have been placed on ILS 275: Narratives of Justice and Equality in Multicultural America, Ed Psych 506: The Psychology of Forgiveness (Fall only) and Psych 202: Introduction to Psychology, Discussion section 301 (Fall & Spring). The 301 section of Psych 202 is reserved for CeO and DDEEA Scholars. CeO has created a list of suggested Fall 2018 Course list can be found here.
CeO provides academic and career advising and works closely with departmental advisors, deans and career and placement staffs to ensure that CeO Scholars understand the many options available and the requirements that must be met. Degree audit reports (DARS), interest inventories, and career exploration resources are utilized. CeO Scholars have the opportunity to meet with advisors to complete an individualized learning plan (ILP) which structures their academic and career goals.
Through our academic coaching program CeO Scholars are eligible to request an academic coach. Academic coaching may be one-on-one or small group settings.
UW-Madison students who have successfully completed the requested courses lead these regularly scheduled study sessions. In some cases the academic coaching group leader attends class lectures along with the CeO Scholars and will facilitate a peer learning experience guided by the Supplement Instruction (SI) model. Through these experiences, CeO Scholars become successful independent learners by utilizing the transferable study skills they have acquired.
Guiding Peers to Success Mentoring Program
CeO has a mentoring program entitled Guiding Peers to Success (GPS) which provides peer mentoring for first-year CeO Scholars to help them adjust to college life. GPS is a required program that meets weekly on Thursdays from 4:00 PM – 6:00 pm throughout the semester to provide mentorship, community, resource information, support, and cultivation of a strong CeO community. For more information, please feel free to contact either GPS Director, Wilma Callaway or Assistant Director, Megan McGarry.
CeO’s Career Advisor is Claudia Mosley. Claudia will meet with CeO Scholars regarding career exploration, internship options, review cover letters and resumes, mock interviews, and more. Claudia is linked into the robust network of career services professionals connected across UW-Madison’s campus. All students are encouraged to meet with Claudia to receive assistance for their career advisement needs. To schedule an appointment, students can stop by the CeO Office front desk, call the CeO Office at (608) 265-5106, or e-mail Claudia directly.
Study Abroad Advising
Any CeO Scholars interested in study abroad is encouraged to meet with CeO’s Study Abroad Advisor, Megan McGarry. Megan will meet with CeO Scholars in a one-on-on setting to introduce them to study abroad options, field the questions and concerns, and help them navigate through the IAP (International Academic Programs) website. Study Abroad informational workshops/walk-in advising hours will be offered throughout the semester. To schedule an appointment, CeO Scholars can stop by the CeO Office front desk, call the CeO Office at (608) 265-5106, or e-mail Megan directly.
- Assistance with Financial Aid, Housing, and Other University Services
Graduate School and Professional School Advising
CeO Scholars are encouraged to pursue graduate and professional degrees. CeO Staff will guide students to informational workshops on graduate and professional schools which provide an overview of the fields of study and of the application processes. CeO advisors are also available to advise CeO Scholars on a one-on-one basis. CeO works collaboratively with various research programs at UW-Madison and other campuses, especially the McNair Scholars Program, to provide students with research experience and exposure to higher education while still undergraduates.
Cultural and Social Activities
CeO strives to build a learning community where CeO Scholars from diverse backgrounds have opportunities to enjoy the diversity of the Madison community. To this end, CeO provides free social and cultural activities throughout the year for Scholars to meet their CeO peers, faculty, and staff. Previous semester activities have included bowling at Union South, game & karaoke nights, potluck socials, roller skating, haunted house excursion, attending on-campus and off-campus plays, and much more. The social highlight of each semester is the CeO Reception. At the close of each semester, CeO celebrates the new graduates with a celebratory reception where at the graduating Schoars are able to recognize the people in their lives who have contributed to their academic accomplishments.
CeO provides a wide variety of information on topics such as scholarships, awards, grants, volunteer placements, and other opportunities to get involved in the university and the city of Madison. Information can be found here on the website, on the Facebook page, in the CeO Office, directly from staff and advisors, or through numerous e-mail communications.