The Academic Mission of College Nine

College Nine's theme of International and Global Perspectives emphasizes the importance of both diversity and unity in understanding individuals and societies. Students interested in these issues, either as their major focus or as part of their general education, are encouraged to join the College Nine community.

– Campbell Leaper
College Nine Founding Provost 



Meet Our Provost

There are four major components to the academic mission at College Nine— advising, classroom learning, encouraging academic excellence, and monitoring academic standing. The College Provost is a faculty member who isin charge of supervising these four components. At College Nine, our provost is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Flora Lu.  


Our Academic Mission: 

Advising [show]

Academic Advisers are an important resource for getting help with your classes, answering questions about general education and graduation requirements as well as other general academic matters.  The College Nine Academic Advisers can be reached at  For more information on the Academic Advisers, please visit the Advising webpage.

Classroom Learning [show]

The UCSC Colleges are based on a living and learning model. Not only do frosh live together in the residence halls, they also take the same seminar in their college during the fall quarter. In this way, all students within a college have a common learning experience. College Nine's frosh seminar is Introduction to University Discourse: International and Global Issues. We hope that the course provides students with a thought-provoking introduction into some of the pressing issues in the world today. The course is also designed to help students develop important academic skills such as writing, studying, and reading. For more information on the core course, please visit the Core Course webpage.

In addition to the frosh seminar, we also offer some optional courses within the college. They include the Global Action (CLNI 85), Teaching Global Action (CLNI 191), Service Learning (CLTE 110 and 110B) which is a service learning class offered through John R. Lewis College that College Nine students may enroll in. For more information, visit Courses webpage.

Encouraging Academic Excellence [show]

We would like to see you do your best at UCSC. That will mean some hard work on your part and also taking initiative to seek out opportunities. As a way to encourage student achievement, College Nine students may graduate with two forms of special recognition. One of them is to graduate with honors. This is based on attaining a minimum cumulative grade point average (see the Academic Advisers for details). A second form of special recognition is to graduate with distinction. College Nine distinction is awarded if students pursue three quarters of work through one of two pathways. For more information, please visit the Distinction Pathways webpage.

Monitoring Academic Standing  [show]

The fourth academic component of the college is to monitor students' academic standing. The Academic Advisers review students' records to see if they are passing their classes and making satisfactory progress towards the graduation requirements. Additionally, good academic standing involves maintaining academic integrity. Academic integrity refers to doing honest work which means not cheating or plagiarizing. For more information, please visit the UCSC Academic Integrity website.