CeO provides a variety of support services for eligible students throughout their academic careers at UW-Madison. You can click below to learn more about each service.
- Intensive and holistic academic advising
- Academic coaching
- Structured experience for first-year students with peer mentoring
- Welcoming study space (with computers and free printing) in 16 Ingraham Hall
- Assistance with and referrals to other campus services
- Support for students with disabilities
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Structured First-Year Experience
To help students make a successful transition from high school to college, CeO provides a structured experience for first-year students. Its main components include:
- Strategies for Success orientation in late August for SSS and ASAP CeO Scholars(or STEM Immersion for STEM CeO scholars)
- Participation in a high-impact practice (HIP) with a campus partner (FIGS, URS, Residential Learning Community, or approved class)
- Weekly Success Series with Peer Navigators
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 holistic advising and works closely with departmental advisors, deans, and career staff to ensure that CeO Scholars understand the many opportunities available to them and the requirements that must be met. Degree audit reports (DARS) and career exploration resources are utilized. CeO Scholars have the opportunity to meet with advisors to complete an individualized learning plan and timeline to degree which helps lay out their academic and career goals. In addition, advisors can help students plan for internships (both national and international), studying abroad, getting involved in research and more!
CeO Six Week Progress Report
CeO utilizes a mid-semester progress report to help new students and students on probation connect with faculty, professors, and TAs for support, resources, and grade estimation early in the semester.
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 the following courses.
Ed Psych 506: The Psychology of Forgiveness (Fall only, open only to CeO Scholars)
Asian/Couns Psych/Ed Psych/Psych 120: The Art and Science of Human Flourishing (open only to first-year scholars): The 306 section of Asian 120 is reserved for CeO and DDEEA Scholars. This course fulfills both social sciences and humanities breadth requirements.
Psych 202: Introduction to Psychology (Fall & Spring): The 010 lecture and 310 section of Psych 202 is reserved for CeO and DDEEA Scholars, and scholars receive 4 credits for the course.
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.
You can request Academic Coaching through the ACTS website (click the apply button at the top of the ACTS page).
Student Engagement Committee (SEC) Representatives
Students have the opportunity to share their voice and opinions with CeO. In addition, the SEC takes part in planning and supporting CeO events and projects. This is a chance for students to take on leadership roles and develop their skills for their resume.
First-Year Weekly Success Series
CeO has a weekly Success Series which provides transition support and peer navigating for first-year CeO Scholars to help them adjust to college life. The Success Series is required for students in their first-year on the UW campus and meets weekly on Thursdays from 4:00 PM – 5:30 pm. The Success Series will occur throughout the first year and aims to provide guidance, community, resource information, support, and cultivation of a strong CeO community.
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.
Work with Us
CeO employs some of our scholars in positions in our office. Student staff assist with welcoming students at our front desk, our communication and social media, and with mentoring the incoming first-year CeO scholars. Find out more about the positions we have available on the Work With Us tab on our website.
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 on the website, on the Facebook and Instagram pages, in the CeO Office, directly from staff and advisors, or through e-mail communications including the CeO Weekly Newsletter.