About UESS

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success (UESS) stewards the undergraduate culture of inquiry at the heart of a superior residential research university. UESS promotes academic excellence and engagement, access, and success. We support the coherence, relevance, and impact of our students’ educational journeys.

A great undergraduate education requires the commitment and collaboration between a multitude of advising and learning support services, including a robust integrated first-year or transfer student experience, accessible education support, early exposure to career exploration, exciting undergraduate research opportunities, and campus-wide academic and co-curricular initiatives. UESS has invested vast resources in transforming our advising processes and systems while collaborating with our partners across campus to ensure UO students have the best possible team to achieve their goals towards graduation and beyond.

Our work is guided by the following core values:

  1. Our work is student-centered.

We approach students as whole people to serve them in exploring their interests and achieving their goals. Student perspectives and experiences directly inform the work that we do. 

  1. We act for equity. 

We work to interrupt, change, and create practices, structures, and policies to realize equity for all members of our communities. 

  1. Our work is outcome-oriented. 

We work purposefully and intentionally, using evidence-based practices, to achieve measurable results that will meaningfully impact our students.    

  1. We work collaboratively toward an inclusive community. 

We seek different points of view and historical contexts to evolve our thinking and inform our actions. We invest in our shared success by developing relationships, building inclusive coalitions, and supporting one another to be our best. 

  1. We are reflective and adaptive. 

We acknowledge the constraints of our perspectives and therefore operate with curiosity, embrace new ideas, and see challenges as opportunities to think expansively about solutions. We assess outcomes and effects of our practices to further develop better strategies and systems for student support.