Chris Juarez

Program Director: STEM, Arts, and IT

Colorado Community College System


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Chris Juarez

Program Director: STEM, Arts, and IT

Colorado Community College System

While at the Community College of Aurora, Chris has been recognized for his outstanding service to both the institution and students by being named the Faculty of the Year for 2015-2016. His passion to make course material and the college experience accessible and understandable to all students continues to drive him today.

As of December 2017, Chris serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Professional Studies and Sciences at CCAurora. He helps oversee the Career and Technical Education and STEM programs throughout the college. He serves on several committees that are devoted to student success, including leadership in the Guided Pathways and co-chairing the Hispanic Serving Institution committees.

Previously, Chris served as the Mathematics Department Chair at CCAurora where he implemented co-requisite education in college-level mathematics courses, regardless of placement. During this time, Chris was recognized as a Content Expert and named a Fellow for Complete College America.

As a first-generation college student, Chris understands the challenges students face trying to navigate the collegiate system. This firsthand experience helps Chris look for cost-effective ways to help students succeed both in and outside of the classroom. From admission to graduation, Chris is committed to keeping the process as transparent as possible.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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