College Success Initiatives


  • Lisa Ingram

The College Success Initiatives program is designed to enrich students' experiences at The University of Iowa. College Success Initiatives offers the following courses focused on helping first-year and entering students make a successful transition to the University:

407:001 (CSI:1100) The College Transition, a traditional first-year experience course;

407:004 (CSI:1150) The College Transition Lab, a practical application of study skill strategies;

407:011 (CSI:2100) The Transfer Transition, a transition course for transfer students;

407:007 (CSI:1700) Online at Iowa, a web-based course introducing first-year and transfer students to electronic tools and resources at The University of Iowa;

407:008 (CSI:1800) Managing Your Money: Personal Finance for College Students, a web-based course introducing students to the basics of money management; and

407:002 (CSI:1500) College Success Seminar, a course for first-year students who have been placed on academic probation.

College Success Initiatives is administered by the associate provost for undergraduate education. For more information about College Success Initiatives courses, contact the Academic Advising Center.


407:001 (CSI:1100) The College Transition1 s.h.
College culture, University of Iowa resources, refinement of study skills, test taking, identification of personal values, self‑motivation, goal setting; taught in small sections with emphasis on classroom discussion. Requirements: entering first‑year student.
407:002 (CSI:1500) College Success Seminar1 s.h.
Skills, habits, and attitudes essential for college success; self‑assessment, goal setting, problem solving, motivation, time management, study skills, preparing for and taking tests; campus resources, including the Pomerantz Career Center, University Counseling Service; emphasis on class participation and completion of assignments related to course topics. Requirements: selected students with first‑year standing in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
407:004 (CSI:1150) The College Transition Lab1 s.h.
Preparation for affiliated lecture course; practical context to apply, evaluate, and refine study skills strategies explored in 407:001 (CSI:1100); expand study strategies, enhance grasp of affiliated course material, and apply study skills to future course work. Corequisites: 407:001 (CSI:1100). Requirements: Concurrent enrollment in a CIC affiliated lecture course.
407:007 (CSI:1700) Online at Iowa1 s.h.
Web‑based introduction to electronic tools and resources at The University of Iowa; web sites, e‑mail, databases; how to research courses, register for classes, and review grades; computer security; virtual campus tour.
407:008 (CSI:1800) Managing Your Money: Personal Finance for College Students1 s.h.
Introduction to basic concepts and practices for management of resources and prevention of financial problems commonly associated with college, including credit and student loans.
407:009 (CSI:1900) International at Iowa1 s.h.
Introduction to immigration and other laws; academic expectations on the University of Iowa campus; cultural adjustment; how to succeed academically; caring for one's mental health; web‑based course for new international undergraduate students.
407:011 (CSI:2100) The Transfer Transition1 s.h.
University of Iowa resources, career and major selection, identification of personal values, self‑motivation, goal setting, study and test‑taking skills; small sections with classroom discussion. Requirements: entering transfer student standing.
407:025 (CSI:1000) Mindfulness: Being Here With It All2 s.h.
Training in Mindfulness‑Based Stress Reduction; application to dealing with life changes (i.e., transition to University life); navigating daily life (academics, roommates, schedules); improving academic skills; self‑regulation of emotions; questions of meaning and purpose. Same as 07P:026 (PSQF:1026).
407:030 (CSI:1250) Introduction to Law Study and Legal Careers1 s.h.
Introduction to legal education and careers; exploration of role of law in society, nature of legal education, careers in law, and current legal issues; opportunity for students to begin reflecting on their own interest in this field.


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