STAR Program

Strategies Targeted for Academic Rewards (S.T.A.R.) Program

The S.T.A.R. program provides academic support to conditionally admitted students who show the potential to succeed in college but need additional support.

The program helps at-risk students develop strategies to be successful at Aurora University and beyond, including:

•    Maximizing self-awareness
•    Establishing goals
•    Developing supportive relationships
•    Identifying preferred learning styles
•    Managing time
•    Increasing comprehension through reading, studying and note taking.

First-year students are paired with a successful upperclassmen student mentors who help them manage their first year of college experience.

During the summer, S.T.A.R. students get a head start in adjusting to college life at AU by attending a specialized orientation in August. Throughout the year, participants continue developing studying strategies by attending required courses in the fall and spring semesters.

FALL SEMESTER: IDS1100: First Year Experience – Creating Success for College and Beyond
SPRING SEMESTER: IDS1100: First Year Experience – Career Exploration for Personal Growth and Development

Students will also set individual appointments with the S.T.A.R. coordinator, a full-time academic advisor, throughout their first year to set academic and career goals.

First Year Experience Courses

Students in the STAR Program will enroll in IDS1100: First Year Experience – Creating Success for College and Beyond during fall semester and IDS1100: First Year Experience-Career Exploration for Personal Growth and Development during spring semester. As participants in these courses, students will develop study strategies and make changes in the way they look at themselves and their lives as college students.

This course in fall is designed to help students achieve success in college and in life by developing their study strategies. Topics will include personal responsibility, time management, emotional intelligence and financial literacy.

The course in spring is designed to help students develop career goals and lay out a path for achieving these goals. Students will examine their own personal interests, aptitudes, values, decision making skills, academic plans, and career awareness. This personal, educational, and occupational information will then be organized into an individual course of action to help you in planning for your second year at Aurora University.   

Meet the Coordinator

Kris Johnson
Director of Student Leadership
Academic Advisor
STAR Program Coordinator
(630) 844-5624
Crouse Center for Student Success
RM310 Eckhart Hall

As the coordinator of the STAR Program, I work with conditionally admitted students to provide them with the skills needed to be successful college students and establish short- and long-term goals to plan for their academic success. These skills (e.g., time management, study strategies, stress management, note-taking, test-taking) are delivered through the STAR Orientation, IDS course, and individual advising appointments.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the program.

Note: Confidential information will not be given online. All advising questions are answered by Crouse Center student interns.