Critical First Year Program
The Critical First-Year Program is an academic support program for multicultural freshmen designed to ensure their successful transition from high school to college. The goal of the program is for students to have a 3.0 grade point average at the end of their freshmen year.
The following are the components of the program:
- Multicultural Student Fall Orientation
- Freshman Focus Seminars
- Academic Progress Sessions
- Study Groups
- Mid-term Grade Check
The Multicultural Student Fall Orientation - an orientation designed especially for Multicultural Freshmen. The orientation gives students and parents the opportunity to meet and share with faculty, staff, and students. Students receive a wealth of information about resources, tips for success, and campus life.
First Year Focus Seminars - Seminars are held throughout the academic year. These seminars focus on a variety of informative and motivational topics.
Academic Progress Sessions - All students are required to meet with the freshmen counselor up to three times during the semester. Information regarding class progress, grades, time management, study skills, test taking strategies, personal/social issues and other topics relating to becoming a successful student are discussed.
Study Groups/Tutoring - Students are assigned to study groups to help with classes that have traditionally shown to be challenging for students. A facilitator leads the group in discussion on material covered in class, homework, test review, etc. Students can also request individual tutoring for any subject in which they are experiencing problems.
Mid-term Grade Check - Each semester, the CARES staff receives information about students academic progress. This information is relayed to the students and decisions made according to their graduation goals.
Parker Scholars Retention Program
As a recipient, you will be required to do the following:
- Enroll in UK 101
- Participate in tutoring
- Attend Academic Progress Sessions with the freshman counselor
- Participate in workshops focused on issues of concern to first year students
Freshman Focus Series Fall 2013
First Year in a Flash
Tuesday, Sep. 10th
This fast-paced, hands-on, interactive workshop is designed to simulate the typical challenges and triumphs that first year students face in their adjustment to the collegiate environment. In the course of this simulation, students will also learn about the myriad of programs and opportunities available to them. They will also gain insight into the emotional/psychological challenges often faced by new students at UK.
Facilitator: Stephanie Mayberry, CARES
Thursday, Oct. 10th
This session will acquaint students with the world of study/travel opportunities awaiting them—beyond the UK campus. This workshop will include a panel of staff and students that will share their experiences and new students will learn how to participate in this life-changing activity.
Facilitators: Seth Riker and Dr. Judy "J.J." Jackson
Wednesday, Nov. 13th
This workshop will assist students in navigating successful communication across different mediums with classroom instructors. This interactive session will allow students to discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Facilitator: Stephanie Mayberry, CARES
Financial Aid Workshop
Monday, Dec. 2nd
Have you completed your FAFSA for 2014-15? Are you aware of the priority deadline? Are you familiar with unmet need? Do you know what "RAP" is? If you answered "NO" to any of these questions, you should make plans to attend this workshop. During this workshop, students will learn about the financial aid processes at the University of Kentucky. Students should be able to walk away with a clearer understanding of their financial aid situation and strategies to maximize their college funding level.
Facilitators: Robin Gray and Mary Marcum
To download the Freshman Focus Series flyer, please CLICK HERE
To schedule an appointment with a CARES counselor, please CLICK HERE