DUCES = Academic Success & Retention

Diverse students
Uniting together
Creating opportunities
Empowering and encouraging others to achieve
Success and sustainability


Mission

The mission of DUCES is to support the retention and graduation of all undergraduate Case Western Reserve University students with specific attention to African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, Native American and Pacific Islander by:

  • Helping to create a support system that fosters personal, scholastic and professional development
  • Working to enrich the college experience
  • Offering opportunities that will empower & prepare students to succeed and sustain in and beyond the academic environment
Purpose

The DUCES program was created by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). The purpose of the program is to provide a support system for students that will assist them academically and socially in an effort to enhance the quality of student life.

Pledge

Be a part of the process that will help to identify and address the growing needs of DUCES students.
Be a part of the solution by sharing ideas and resources that will help create a support system that foster personal, scholastic and professional development of DUCES students.
Be a part of the change that will enrich the college experience and quality of student life for current and prospective DUCES students, and will empower and prepare students to succeed and sustain beyond the academic environment.

DUCES Student Eligibility Criteria
  • Interested in student success and retention
  • Currently enrolled at CWRU (full or part-time)
  • Completed a brief DUCES Student Interest Form
  • Completed a one hour DUCES introduction/membership session
  • No specific GPA, academic level or major/minor requirements apply
  • *Students must be in good academic standing to serve on the DUCES Student Executive Development Team (DSEDT) and must have completed at least one semester at CWRU.
DUCES Student Participation
  • Participation is voluntary
  • A student's level of participation is contingent upon his/her interest, need, or availability
  • Students must complete a one hour DUCES introduction/membership session to obtain membership
  • Student's that take the DUCES pledge are committing to their own academic success and retention, and to that of their peers and prospective students
DUCES Student Involvement

Let your voice be heard

  • Attend forums, meetings and workshops to address and identify the needs of DUCES students
  • Serve as a student representative on a committee
  • Complete online surveys and questionnaires
  • Share your concerns and ideas
  • Reach out for assistance and support as needed

Build relationships

  • Attend icebreakers, retreats, and other networking/social activities designed to build stronger relationships with your peers, CWRU graduates, faculty, professional staff, alumni and community partners
  • Seek a mentor
  • Work on projects with other students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and community partners

Make a difference

  • Offer academic and social support to those in need
  • Participate in a community service project
  • Become a mentor
Program Benefits
  • Individual academic support available
  • Recognition for academic achievements (3.0 & above cumulative GPA)
  • Recognition for commitment and dedication to academic success and retention
  • Recognition for serving others
  • Notifications for special opportunities specifically for DUCES students
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities
  • Pinning ceremony for graduating DUCES seniors
  • Community service involvement
  • DUCES membership card
If you are interested in learning more about DUCES, please e-mail duces@case.edu.