Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES) & UK Freshman Summer Program

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    Project Description, Abstract and Narrative The University of Kentucky (UK) Freshman Summer Program (FSP) is a five-week residential academic enrichment program designed to assist students with transitioning from high school to college and prepares them for the academic rigor of UK. The program is targeted to underrepresented minority student groups including, but not limited to, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, Multi-racial, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, first generation and low-income students admitted to UK for the 2022 Fall Semester. The program goal is to facilitate building a solid foundation that leads to increased retention and graduation. FSP participants will enroll in college-level courses, engage in activities that allow them to have an understandable introduction to academic expectations through classroom experiences with faculty, learn about and connect to campus resources, i.e., services, programs, and people, and begin to develop a sense of belonging and community. Students will be better prepared to navigate the University after participating in this program. Designed to engage 50-75 students through a summer bridge experience taking place from June 11, 2022, through July 15, 2022, the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES) will serve as the primary facilitators of the students'' co-curricular activities. FSP works with a broad array of campus partners including Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies department, Housing, Dining, Residence Life, Transformative Learning, the Counseling Center, Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Office for Institutional Diversity, the Stuckert Career Center, the College of Health Sciences, and other colleges related specifically to students’ declared majors. These connections will further enhance a student’s orientation to UK, understanding what is both centrally available to them, as well as orienting them to the many services built to support students through their specific majors. Each partner involved from resident advisors to class instructors will receive a professional development presentation from the CARES team. This presentation will introduce the team members to the FSP program, the various scheduled events for the students, and key points for each team member to prepare for when meeting with students in the FSP program.
    Effective start/end date4/15/2212/31/22


    • KY Council on Postsecondary Education: $160,100.00


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