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What is CU Succeed?

CU Succeed is a CU Denver-run program that helps high school students earn college-level credits affordably from the comfort of their own high school. 


At a Glance

The CU Succeed Silver and Gold Programs collaborate with more than 120 high schools in Colorado in offering students the opportunity to get a head start on their college careers by taking CU Denver courses for both high school and college credit, during the school day, on the high school campus.

Course Offerings

CU Succeed Silver and Gold offerings are select introductory courses from CU Denver's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arts and Media, and Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as the Business School and the School of Public Affairs. Courses offered by the programs are the same as those offered on the CU Denver campus with respect to their content, the quantity and quality of work required of students, and the standards used to evaluate student learning and performance. 

Our Faculty

The CU Succeed Gold Program faculty is comprised of high school teachers who have been certified and granted an adjunct faculty appointment by a CU Denver academic department. These teachers possess the same scholarly qualifications and are held to the same high academic standards as on-campus faculty of the department in which they teach. The CU Succeed Silver Program faculty is comprised of current University of Colorado Denver lecturers. 

CU Denver Credit

Credits students earn in CU Succeed courses are University of Colorado Denver credits that are recorded on an official CU Denver transcript, which is identical to that issued to regularly enrolled students on campus. Students should be aware that the courses they take and the grades they earn in them establish a permanent academic record at any of the University of Colorado campuses. 

Academic Policies and Student Responsibilities

Students enrolled in CU Succeed Silver and Gold courses are not officially admitted to CU Denver. However, because they are receiving academic credit from the University, they are subject to the same academic policies and procedures to which regularly enrolled students on campus must adhere. These include policies and procedures pertaining to academic honesty, registration, adding and dropping of courses, appealing a grade,dissabilty access, etc. Students must adhere to all deadlines established by the programs.

Student Eligibility

CU Succeed courses are open to students in high school who are able to satisfy the prerequisites of the courses in which they wish to enroll.

Additional CU Succeed Information


​Students love CU Succeed...

Because it gives them a chance to earn their grade over the course of a semester or more.

A staggering 16-20% of students are diagnosed each year with high test anxiety, while an additional 18% annually identify as having moderately high test anxiety. In these cases, students may display serious physical, physiological, or psychological symptoms such as: ​

  • muscle tension
  • sweating
  • light-headedness
  • fainting
  • Tachycardia (fast heartbeat)
  • Irritability
  • headache
  • restlessness
  • fatigue
  • sleep problems
  • difficulty concentrating
  • knot in stomach

By spreading the weight of the course over a semester are able to focus on learning, rather than solely learning test material, with the carried risk of not earning a passing grade determined by a single test.

 

Teachers Love CU Succeed...

Simply put: CU Succeed teachers want to offer their students more. The curriculum can be tailored to the teacher's interests, and is taught at the same level as a university course.  This gives teachers more flexibility in lesson-planning, and students more room to grow in learning.

This gives teachers power to tailor students' learning according to the individual student, rather than "teaching to the test."

We Support Our Teachers

When you teach CU Succeed courses, you get the support and resources of our campus and departmental liaison. Set up a meeting today by contacting the CU Succeed Office.

CU Succeed
Phone: (303) 315-7030
Email: cusucceed@ucdenver.edu