UK Student and Academic Support is one of several units within the division of UK Student and Academic Life within Academic Excellence. Our mission is to provide support and resources to not only enhance academic success, but also address needs for support in areas that impact students directly. Student success is not only measured by graduation, but is defined by how well a student has evolved across multiple dimensions of intellectual, emotional, social and ethical development. We strive to have our students become career and world ready, and foster the ethos of being lifelong learners and critical thinkers.
Programming and support services are designed to be intentional, collaborative, centralized, and student first. We continue to research and implement best practices across programming in order to successfully meet the diverse needs of our students. Our academic advisors, as well as program staff, often initiate the need for meetings and/or individualized appointments so that the benefits and support is able to reach all students. We believe by offering proactive support, we are able to take preventative action in meeting each individual’s unique educational needs.
It is intentional that we provide a community of belonging that supports growth, challenges viewpoints, and builds lasting relationships in an effort to help each student reach their personal and professional goals. Students and families are encouraged to participate in our Transition and First Year programs as they begin their academic careers and become a part of the UK community. Students may join one of our Living Learning Communities, participate in any of our 500+ student organizations, become involved in undergraduate research, and explore Education Abroad opportunities. The James W. Stuckert Career Center offers students assistance in evaluating potential major and minor degree programs based on career interests. A new advising model will foster both academic and career processes, combining coursework with actual work. Students are encouraged to take career assessment inventories, explore degree programs, begin building their professional résumé, practice interviewing skills, and even become connected with employers. Additionally, multiple opportunities for leadership and professional development are available through ambassador programs, student employment, and internships.
Departments and units within Student and Academic Support are listed below:
- Transitions & First-Year Programs
- University Advising
- James W. Stuckert Career Center
- Residence Life