The College of Agricultural Sciences Student Success team works collectively to share resources and enhance opportunities for students so they can find purpose and thrive at CSU. The team offers a community who supports students through:
- Access to programs
- Engaging you with people who make CAS unique
- Opportunities tailored to students needs, wants and desires
Provost’s Academic Advising Strategic Planning Task Force
- Co-chaired by Addy Elliott, Assistant Dean of Advising and Student Success
- Identifies barriers, disconnections and opportunities for more effective collaboration with university advising resources
- Aims to offer better-informed and inclusive advising to all students
- Launched Fall 2022 – three nights a week in the Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building.
- Two Program Coordinators and six Hub Aides engage with participants.
- A community of belonging and engaged scholarship to support students feeling a deeper and earlier connection to their major and college.
- Learning support in a familiar space to increase connection with fellow students.
- Increased access to learning resources for courses that have been historically challenging for CAS students.
- Hosts CAS Alumni as guest speakers to encourage career exploration, share industry trends and support job searching.
- Serves as a model for other colleges seeking similar student success outcomes.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders
A new Career Stories Project will create videos to expose students to the many career pathways that exist within ag, as well as diverse and cross-disciplinary opportunities and experiences.
Building Connections and Pathways
- As part of a commitment to recruit and serve Colorado students at CSU, established relationships with rural high schools, including Kit Carson, Southeast BOCES, Campo, Vilas, Springfield, Pritchett, and Lamar.
- Beginning fall 2022, a new program hosted at CSU Spur — The Semilla Project — will connect with and recruit from 14 rural high schools in CO.
- A new college committee is forming partnerships, exploring curriculum opportunities, and building agreements with Pueblo Community College and CSU-Pueblo.
Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building
The Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building is CSU’s new home for state-of-the research, learning, innovation and collaboration. In tech-enabled and flexible classroom spaces, students are engaged in learning like never before.
A Classroom as Unique as its Namesake
The Bernard Rollin Knowledge Well – the building’s unique 160-seat classroom-in-the-round – features a layout that puts students closer to the action, ensuring that no one is ever more than five rows from the instructor. Instructors teach from the center of the room, immersing students in the learning environment and facilitating greater peer interaction and increasing active participation. The design is backed by research that demonstrates enhanced engagement and learning outcomes.
Named for pioneering animal ethicist and University Distinguished Professor Bernard Rollin, the Knowledge Well is supported by two of Dr. Rollin’s former students, alumni Steve Hillard and Jeff Tovar, and represents the impact he had on countless people and animals.