LSS, Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

What is LSS:

LSS is a program with tutors, mentors, SI leaders, MSI Learning Assistants, Student Office Assistants, and professional staff committed to narrowing achievement gaps at UCSC. We offer all UCSC undergraduate students academic support services (like MSI, Small Group Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and writing tutoring). All undergraduate students pay $12/quarter in student fees to support the programs at LSS. 

Mission:

Provide UCSC undergraduate students inclusive learning sessions facilitated by advanced peers to build a strong foundation for success and engage with a community of learners 

Vision: 

Achieving educational equity, empower undergraduate students as leaders, and provide transformative learning experiences at the university and beyond by partnering with faculty, staff, and undergraduate students

Values:

  • Cooperative peer-to-peer learning
  • Respecting multiple ways of knowing and doing
  • Supportive, positive, and caring environments that implement a growth mindset
  • Using research and data to create and improve Learning Support Programs that operate in our campus context
  • Accessibility
  • Institutional responsibility
  • Holistically supporting the student 

Goals: 

  • Increase students’ motivation, self confidence, and skills as self-directed learners
  • Cultivate students’ sense of belonging in active learning sessions
  • Increase visibility and representation in LSS leadership positions that matches the diversity of our undergraduate student population
  • Develop equity-minded educators
  • Advanced educational equity by improving student’s  grades in traditionally difficulty courses, Increasing retention and graduation rates, and decrease time to degree, and decreasing achievement gaps in these student outcomes