Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia to Visit UNC Oct. 22

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will visit campus Oct. 22 to recognize UNC's University 101 course for new first-time freshmen as a high-quality program that promotes successful postsecondary completion.

Garcia, who serves as executive director of Colorado Department of Higher Education, will speak about the course at 1 p.m. in the Centennial Hall room in Brown Hall. The event is open to the public.

The UNC course for new first-time freshmen was selected for recognition as part of a statewide campaign that promotes successful postsecondary completion. UNC is one of eight institutions that Garcia will visit as part of the campaign, titled "Colorado Completes!"

The department received 30 high-quality program submissions that were reviewed by members and staff of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, who selected programs based on criteria such as innovation, data, proposed event, and student demographics.

University 101, is a three-credit course that promotes a successful transition from high school to college. Topics focus on student success and include time management, motivation, information processing, and education and career planning. Course enrollment includes first-generation students and Denver Scholarship Foundation scholars. Data show that students completing the three-credit course persist at a higher rate and earn a higher GPA than non-completers.

For more information, including the governor's proclamation designating October as Colorado Completes Month, visit http://highered.colorado.gov/ColoradoCompletes

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