Dr. Alison Wells receives award for Commuter Assistant Program - University of Houston
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April 14, 2021

Feb. 23 - University of Houston Assistant Dean of Students, Dr. Allison Wells, was selected to receive the Outstanding Achievement by an Experienced Student Affairs Professional Award by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). ACPA's Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners honored her for the creation and implementation of the Commuter Assistant Program.

Alison Wells

The Commuter Assistant Program assists first-time-in-college commuter students' transition and persistence at the University of Houston. The program pairs incoming commuter students with seasoned commuter student leaders known as commuter assistants. Each commuter assistant (CA) works with a small group of students throughout their first semester to provide them with peer guidance and ensure that they feel a sense of connection on campus. Ultimately, it will increase commuter students’ awareness of university resources and services and positively impact commuter students' retention. Interested students can visit uh.edu/commuter/ca/ to sign up or email commuter@uh.edu for more information.

About ACPA: ACPA, founded in 1924, now has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions in the U.S. The award is reserved for Student Affairs professionals with 5 or more years of professional experience who have positively affected the academic or personal lives of commuter students and Adult learners and awardees are nominated by three colleagues within their field. This award will be acknowledged at a reception at the ACPA 2015 National Convention in Tampa (March 5-8, 2015) and will be recognized along with UH on the ACPA website.