Make A Difference Workgroup Summary Report This report consists of common themes or categories that are defined by learning objective statements and supported with Action Recommendations. Each category is intentionally not broken specifically into the Design Principles because each would often fall into multiple categories. The workgroup looked at things we, staff (advisors, student affairs, career center), had a handle on. Identity Students will develop a sense of self-identity, awareness, and personal growth Students will develop an identity with the Values and Mission of being a student at UK Employees will develop a sense of and enforce the Values and Mission of UK Through… - - - Strong communication of the Values of the University of Kentucky o Values statements posted in multiple places (website, syllabi, football scoreboard, classroom walls, dormrooms, etc) o All incoming student material list the Values to reinforce what is expected of a UK community member. o Employee offices should be expected to understand and be able to show how they enhance the Values of the University. Perhaps there is an addition to the performance evaluation? Deferring Sorority and Fraternity Rush to Spring Semester o Want students to understand the priority of being a full part of UK community first o Understanding that Greek organizations and other student organizations are a piece of a student’s identity, work with all student organizations to ensure that the UK Values are shared and understood. All student organizations should have printed in material that they adhere to the stated Values of UK. o All student organizations, including athletic teams, should be encouraged to attend campus events such as K-Week activities. Extending K-Week opportunities o Create Pre or Post K-Week off site retreat experiences for incoming students o Create Pre K-Week service/mission experiences beyond and in addition to FUSION o Create overnight “fun” trips for freshman group building shortly into the semester. - - - Creation of a Student Development Training Center for faculty and staff o This center would provide training for faculty as well as staff on issues within student learning and student development o Provide workshops and seminars with topics such as generational differences, how students learn, how to teach to Millenial students, use of technology in reaching students, how to advise Millenial students, etc. o Create a UK 101 style course for faculty and staff to enhance the learning of employees regarding each other’s areas, how we relate to students, what role we play in the campus community, student development, available resources for employees, etc. o This Center should be housed in the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Understanding the Purpose of the Summer Advising Conference program o Research how our benchmarks do summer orientation or summer registration programs o Revisit the purpose and determine if this is truly the design appropriate for UK o Determine if the focus should be on registration as it is now or on academics and University life. o Determine if there is a way to make scheduling and class availability more equitable throughout the summer conferences. Developing a yearly University Cheer contest o Give students an opportunity to help create an identity through a University cheer coined by a fellow student or themselves o Publicize the winning cheer to local papers, at football games, announcing that this is a suggested stadium cheer at a certain period. Transitions University administration, faculty, and staff will work to understand student needs Students will understand what they are expected to know by the end of their first year and beyond Students will have completed programs within their first and second year that will aid in the transitions they experience University administration will aid in the transition of first year students by providing the necessary resources for students with various needs Through… - Enhancement of UK 101 program o Make the courses a full semester, graded, 1 credit hour course o Create a second semester UK 102 course dealing with additional issues such as career development and exploration, academic success, and transitional issues - - - - - - - Mandating a small group experience within the 1st year o Within the first year, all students must participate in a officially approved small group option such as UK 101, Living Learning Community, DSP, Honors, a newly established freshman interest group program, etc o Small group options would be different material and different concepts but would share some common goals and objectives o Small Group Experience (SGE) would be a graduation requirement – the rationale is the understanding that students are often coming for smaller environments and that small group options would provide contact points for students and aid in retention Establishing a Sophomore Experience program o Authorize a group to research our benchmarks to see what aids are in place to aid in 1st to 2nd year retention Uplifting the importance of teaching traditional 1st year courses o Create a Best Professors Program for 100 level courses, encouraging UK’s finest “teachers” to teach these courses o Create an incentive program for best evaluated professors in these courses o Continued student development training for professors and grad assisstants that teach these courses o Create dual tenure track options for research and for teaching – reinforcing the ideal that while we are a Research institution, that we also believe fully in our ability to teach the best and brightest Creation of an Academic Difficulty and Recovery course o Each academic college, including Undergraduate Studies would sponsor an academic recovery class for students who are on probation o This course would be developed and paid for by University dollars, not departmental o The course would last 6 weeks, content would be based on successful models of such classes. Creation of an Advising Resource Center o The center would be a one-stop shop for students with advising related issues o Promote consistent advising practices across campus o Enhance departmental advising practices – professional development opportunities within campus structures o Suggestion: All advisors for 1st year students centrally located in the center Utilizing a 1st year student survey o Look at what benchmarks do in regards to surveying the needs of 1st year students Utilizing exit surveys of all exiting students - Establishing Presidential Focus Groups o Gather randomly selected groups of students in various demographics with Dr. Todd hosting – do not want simply the student leaders, must be a wide spectrum of student o Seniors – what did they experience, highs and lows o Frosh-Jr – What do they need to aid in the consistent transitions o Focus groups held at various points in the year, but specific attention paid to Seniors in the first semester of senior year. o These groups would not only connect students more to the administration but would give administration a clear understanding of student needs and necessary resources Civic Engagement Design Principle #6 – General Education Curriculum (and co-curricular programs) will lay the foundation for effective citizenship in our pluralistic society that is increasingly interconnected with a multilingual, global community. Student will learn the value in and how to be involved in the wider community in and outside of UK. Through… - - - Creating a Volunteer Hours “locker” o Storage space on myUK portal to self record volunteer activities and hours o Potential for volunteer hours, service hours, service learning courses reflected on an official transcript in a special non-credited area Increasing Alternative Spring Break opportunities o Cost effective opportunities through multiple areas (coordinated or housed in CCO), potentially department specific, that are both local and more distant o Must be able to create scholarship or fundraising options for students to be financially able to participate o University wide encouragement for these opportunities would create momentum – perhaps grant credit? Granting of Service/Volunteer Credit o University should establish an entity such as CCO with credit granting power o Credit would be earned based on a certain number of hours, not activity. Ex: 15 volunteer hours = 1 EHR – classified as EXP 295 (Purdue Univ does something like this) - - Renewed emphasis on UK Outreach to Lexington o Renewed emphasis on the Town/Gown Relations o UK students and employees should be more visible and active in the Lexington community o Spring FUSION o UK/Lexington town hall meetings should be scheduled to address joint areas of concern o Reenergize on campus events and activities for the people of all ages throughout Lexington – not just for Arts or Recruitment Stronger Encouragement of Education Abroad and National Student Exchange o Special highlight of each program and student experiences in UK 101, on Channel 50, WRFL, alumni newsletters, recruitment material, etc. o Create program exchanges with specific universities that enhance specific majors (this is already in the works with NSE) Final Overarching Thoughts UK must continue to work to improve communications with students, between departments, organizations, staff and faculty, administration and community, etc. This will help cut down on missed information, cross scheduling, and improve overall moral when the full community feels as if they understand what is occurring around campus. Hobson’s is a good start and needs to be fully utilized with departments being trained on how to use it specifically in their area. One major recommendation is an upgrade to the search feature and links within the UK website, most specifically making it easy to find student success resources and services. One common calendar, a news ticker on the website, employee email blasts, all of these things could make the communications piece simple and more effective creating a more cohesive community.