Student Program for
Retention in Education
DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
ASPIRE is an enrichment program targeting
the needs of African American students in
support of achieving academic success.
ASPIRE is designed to address the potential
impact of the One Florida initiative by
providing support and consultation to
organizations and programs that promote the
recruitment and retention of African American
ASPIRE grew out of a recognition that the
recruitment, retention, and graduation of
African American students is of great
importance to the State of Florida. ASPIRE
also reflects the University of Florida's
commitment to ensure a multicultural presence
The ASPIRE team consists of Counseling
Center staff trained in providing personal and
group counseling as well as campus outreach
and consultation services.
* Groups, workshops, consultation, and/or
individual counseling addressing:
preparation for graduate school
adjustment to college
* Outreach presentations and programs that
focus on these issues as well as other,
more organization-specific programs that
can be arranged as requested.
* General support groups for African
* Consultation with faculty, staff, and
student organizations that provide
programs targeting the success of African
* Dissemination of information regarding
other campus resources/services that
support student retention.
* Collaboration with existing university
programs that target retention efforts.
* Academic Success Group
This is a group focused on promoting student's
academic confidence and performance.
Members' study skill and test-taking skills will
be assessed and they will learn strategies to
improve their performance. Areas addressed
include test-taking, study, time management,
positive attitude, and relaxation and imagery
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This group is for students who have done well
in other courses, but have difficulty with
mathematics or math-related courses. Learn
strategies for overcoming anxiety, stress, and
"psychological blocks." Learn to improve
study habits and time management while
learning to be more comfortable doing math.
* Women of Color Group
This is a support group for women of color
who are seeking a forum to discuss issues
related to stress management and health
practices, conflict resolution, personal
relationships, and self-concept. The group's
format will be interaction-based, educational,
* GOI.D ((roui'i i Ii.irnin" Di'rnirst ct)
This psychoeducational group is for students
who have a learning disability or are
experiencing problems that may be due to a
learning disability. This group will focus on
mutual exchange of support and information.
Interested in any of the ASPIRE services?
Feel free to contact the ASPIRE
Anne Heath, Ph.D.
heathia co uilil. ufl.edu
Jennifer Sager, M.Ed.
Team members can be reached at the
University Counseling Center between
the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
301 Peabody Hall
301 Peabody Hall
P.O. Box 114100
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-4100