Melanie Hulbert

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Western State Colorado University

Melanie Hulbert

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Western State Colorado University

Dr. Melanie Hulbert is an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Colorado University. She received a combined B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Western Washington University and a M.A. in Gender Studies and a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Albany (SUNY). Dr. Hulbert served as a sociology professor for over 15 years before moving into university administration where her primary initiatives focus on student academic success, retention, persistence, and on-time graduation. She is a strong proponent of the CCA Game Changers and has implemented all of them at Western. She is particularly passionate about ensuring that all exploratory students on her campus are connected to a meta-major and are engaged in high quality professional advising that moves each student towards their career of choice. Her commitment to student success and initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion is what motivates her work and she effectively promotes CCA initiatives and programming. Dr. Hulbert is also a professional speaker and is described as a dynamic, committed, and powerful story teller and speaker. She brings a unique and scholarly perspective to issues of organizational leadership and change, diversity and reconciliation, women’s leadership, identity development, and Generation Z. Dr. Hulbert has been invited to speak all over the nation on university campuses, at businesses and organizations, and community events. She lives in a small mountain town in the Rocky Mountains where she enjoys everything that has to do with the outdoors and adventure. She is a world traveler, a marathoner, and loves to love her family! She is married to Jeff and has two beautiful sons, Caleb and Aidan and a pup named "Duke!"


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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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