Academic Enhancement/The Study
Located in The Study, Academic Enhancement is a centralized academic unit responsible for programs and services for students, faculty, and staff intended to promote effective learning strategies in and out of the classroom in order to enhance the academic experience of all students at the University of Kentucky. Students who need help in certain subjects can visit The Study to receive assistance from a peer tutor. Learning specialists are also available for one-on-one individualized consultations with students, focusing on strengthening academic skills and navigating college life.
Office of Academic Ombud Services
The Office of Academic Ombud Services is responsible for helping students and instructors work through and resolve academic-related problems and conflicts. The major arenas of activity for UK’s Academic Ombud include both student academic rights and academic offenses. This office provides a safe, neutral and confidential setting in which students can ask questions, discuss problems and seek assistance in regards to academic issues.
The mission of the James W. Stuckert Career Center is to serve students, alumni, and employers with high-level career education programs and to provide students with work-based experience and employment opportunities. Students can visit the Career Center to receive help with major exploration and the job/internship search process. Career Counselors are also available to help students polish resumes and cover letters and to improve interviewing skills.
Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence
The mission of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence is to advance the University of Kentucky's commitment to three broad areas: Student Excellence, Teaching Excellence, and Program Excellence. The Chellgren Center contributes to that goal by raising aspirations of UK students; assisting students in realizing their highest academic potential; inspiring progressive reform and innovation in teaching, learning, and curriculum development; and fostering creative and productive collaborations across the many programs and departments engaged in the undergraduate mission. High-performing students may benefit from special programming through the Chellgren Center.
Education Abroad in the International Center is UK’s comprehensive resource for study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, and other educational experiences worldwide. The goal of the office is to provide academically sound international experiences for all students that promote intercultural competence, disciplinary scholarship, and foreign language acquisition. Education Abroad offers information sessions (called “First Step Sessions”) for students interested in abroad experiences. These sessions are a good starting point for students who mention an abroad experience to you in the context of an advising meeting.
General Chemistry Learning Center
The General Chemistry Learning Center is located in Chemistry-Physics Building room 133 and is open to any student needing help with 100-level general chemistry classes. All help is provided on a drop-in basis by TAs from the general chemistry lab courses.
Graham Office of Career Management
The Graham Office of Career Management at the Gatton College of Business and Economics works closely with the university’s Stuckert Career Center to provide comprehensive career management services to students and employers. The mission of the Graham Office of Career Management is dedicated to assisting students in their career development process and employment success by working closely with employers who seek to hire world ready interns and graduates.
The Honors Program at the University of Kentucky provides opportunities for students to take challenging classes in many disciplines across the diversity of colleges at UK. The Honors Program has a specific core curriculum for students accepted into the program.
Located in the basement of William T. Young Library, the Hub @ WT's provides study space and IT help in one convenient location. The Hub features over 200 Windows computers as well as a Mac lab for student use, plus Mac video editing suites with Final Cut Pro available.
LEAP is the Lab for Economic and Accounting Proficiency that provides FREE tutoring to students taking ACC201, ACC202, ECO201, and ECO202.
The Mathskeller is a computing and mathematics learning center of the Mathematics Department and the Mathematical Sciences Computing Facility. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate assistants for 100-level courses hold office hours in the Mathskeller.
Multimodal Communication Consulting Center
The Multimodal Communication Consulting Center (MC3) provides students with assistance on class presentations of all types. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with peer tutors who are specifically trained in presentational methods.
National Student Exchange (NSE)
Students can participate in an exchange program at one of nearly 200 campuses throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada at in-state tuition rates. As a member of the National Student Exchange Program (NSE), the University of Kentucky provides opportunities for full-time undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.75 or higher to exchange for a semester or an academic year. NSE is a great opportunity for students who want to experience a semester in another location but do not wish to go abroad.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research is dedicated to providing coordination, leadership and support for the varied programs at the University of Kentucky designed to encourage, engage, and support the undergraduate research enterprise, thus enhancing the overall academic experience and future success of our students. The office is the starting point for any undergraduate student desiring to include mentored research in their undergraduate experience.
The University of Kentucky Writing Center assists students with the process of composing and communicating in all media, including essays, reports, posters, visuals, websites, slide presentations, and videos. Staffed by graduate students and undergraduate peer consultants, the Center offers free individual and group consultations.
Office of Student Financial Aid
The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid (SFA) is to provide financial aid to students who would be unable to attend the University without such assistance.
Office of Academic Scholarships
The University of Kentucky Academic Scholarship Programs offers funds to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential for superior academic performance.
Nationally Competitive Awards
Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources independent of the University of Kentucky including non-profit groups, government agencies, and companies. Criteria for scholarships vary but generally include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations, and unique elements important to the sponsoring organization.
Student Account Services/Financial Ombudsman
Student Account Services acts as a billing agent for the University of Kentucky. Staff can provide financial assistance regarding tuition, loans and tax credit information. The financial ombudsman is available to students who have financial concerns in regards to their education. This office is also responsible for Late Payment Fee Appeals.
Resources for Specific Student Populations
Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (UK Athletics)
The Center for Academic and Tutorial Services provides academic support to UK athletic programs and student-athletes. Each student is provided a tutor for their corresponding coursework each semester, as well as academic coaches who help students with organization and time management skills.
Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES)
The University values the student body’s diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities, and further recognizes the challenges many underrepresented students might face. CARES provides tutors, study groups, workshops, individual consultations, and other personal and academic enrichment activities to help students navigate the campus and University system.
Office of First Generation Initiatives
First generation students may face many challenges in attending the University and obtaining a college degree. The Office of First Generation Initiatives provides both academic and personal support to first-generation students through advising, a peer mentor program and a living learning community.
Office of LGBTQ Resources
Located on the third floor of Blazer Dining, the Office of LQBTQ Resources exists to provide an affirming, safe, and confidential space for GLBTQQIA students to learn more about gender identity, human sexuality, and related issues by providing access to academic, cultural, and interpersonal resources; and to change the campus climate and culture to become more inclusive of GLBTQQIA students by embracing diversity.
International Student and Scholars Services
UK’s reputation extends well beyond the United States’ borders, attracting students from all over the globe. International Student and Scholars Services helps students navigate the political and cultural challenges to attending the University.
Student Support Services (SSS)
Student Support Services is a federally funded program which helps first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities navigate the university system by providing mentors and tutors.
Veterans Resource Center
UK values the men and women who have served or continue to serve in the armed forces. The Veterans Resource Center, one of the first in the country, helps students smoothly transition between military life to civilian life and to student life.
During the course of a student’s career, he/she may encounter obstacles that are more personal and existential in nature. The Counseling Center offers free counseling services, career assessments, and stress management workshops to all current UK students.
Disability Resource Center
Students who have a diagnosed/documented disability must register with the Disability Resource Center in order for academic accommodations to be made. The goal of the Disability Resource Center is to provide equal access to education for all students.
Information Technology/UKIT Service Desk
The UKIT Service Desk provides technical support to UK students, faculty and staff.
Office of Student Involvement
The Office of Student Involvement offers students many extra-curricular and co-curricular activities to enhance their college experience. From FUSION to DanceBlue, students are provided a wide range of opportunities to learn something new.
SAFE CATS and After Hours Bus Service
SAFECATS (Safe And Free Escort for Campus Area Travelling Students) is a safety escort service available to UK students and their guests Sunday - Thursday from 8:30pm to 1:30am except during official University holidays, breaks or during the summer. Students can arrange a free safety escort by calling (859) 257-SAFE (7233).
Student Behavioral Health Clinic
Students who encounter emotional or psychological challenges may be referred to the Student Behavioral Health Clinic, which offers counseling and psychological assessments/evaluations to current UK students.
Whether students are on federal work study or not, the student employment division of Human Resources is focused on helping student find employment on campus while they are attending the University.
Housed within Enrollment Management, the Transfer Center works with prospective and current transfer students to facilitate their transition and overall success at UK.
Undergraduate Housing & Residence Life
The goal of Undergraduate Housing & Residence Life is to make the campus living experience a significant and positive part of college life and beyond.
University Health Service
UHS provides employee and student health care. All full-time UK students may see clinicians without charge.
The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center is home to the Green Dot campaign, which seeks to end power-based violence by increasing bystander participation and awareness. The VIP center offers counseling, referrals, and support to victims of sexual assault, partner violence, and stalking.
The Visitor Center offers prospective students and their families tours of the University campus.
Special Programs and Initiatives
The Student Alert referral system is an early intervention tool that allows faculty and designated university personnel to submit information regarding academic and behavioral issues (such as missing classes, scoring poorly on tests or quizzes, engaging in disruptive or otherwise troubling behavior) that usually present obstacles to student success. When an alert is submitted, one or more emails are generated to the appropriate parties.
Alerts of an academic nature (usually submitted by the student’s instructor) generate an email to both advisor and student. The student is encouraged to contact both the instructor and advisor to discuss his/her academic circumstances and formulate a plan for success. The advisor also contacts the student directly to offer assistance, and tracks whether the student responds to advisor contact.
Behavioral alerts are handled directly by the Community of Concern (see link below). Neither advisor nor student receives alerts of a behavioral nature.
What do I need to know about Student Alerts?
You will receive academic-type alert emails on your assigned students throughout the semester (and sometimes in the summer). It is important to contact the student involved promptly to offer assistance. Depending on the type of alert and the time in the semester it arrives (early, mid, or late) the student’s options will be different.
The academic-type alerts are:
- Missed Classes
- Habitually Late
- Homework Not Submitted
- Homework Quality Poor
- Poor Performance on Tests of Quizzes
- At Risk of Failing Course
Document every outreach effort and communication with the student in the Advising Hub notes.
Whether acting as an instructor or as an advisor, you may have occasion to submit an alert for a student. Advisors are able to submit both academic and behavioral alerts on any enrolled student. Complete information on how to submit alerts is located at the Student Alert home page listed below.
Student Alert home page: https://www.uky.edu/UGE/alert
Community of Concern home page (behavioral issues): http://www.uky.edu/coc/
Behavioral alerts: http://www.uky.edu/coc/team/
Other Outreach Efforts
At particular times in the semester, there are other coordinated outreach efforts in which advisors across campus participate. Prominent among these are:
Low midterm grades
Students with a “D” or “E” at midterm appear on a report for each college. Advisors contact these students to discuss options, then report back on the results of these contacts. Undergraduate Studies generates a report showing the effect of this outreach on student GPA, earned hours, and retention.
Not registered students
Currently enrolled students who fail to register for the upcoming semester appear on a report for each college. Advisors contact these students to help facilitate registration, then report back on the results of these contacts. Undergraduate Studies generates a report showing the tuition revenue this effort brings to the university.