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					Office for Institutional Diversity
                  CARES Staff

Toni Thomas            Director
Kimberly Toomey        Administrative Support
Stephanie Mayberry     Assistant Director/
                       Freshman Counselor
Kahlil Baker           Sophomore Counselor
Miranda Scully         Junior/Senior Counselor
Vernida Emerson        Learning Skills Specialist/
                        Tutor Coordinator
             CARES Mission

CARES provides a comprehensive academic
support system and enrichment services to aid in
increasing the retention and graduation rates of
underrepresented students. Programs and
activities assist students in achieving academic
excellence and adjusting to student life at the
University of Kentucky.
             What Do We Do?

              CARES Services
     (Academic Progress Sessions)
        Academic Progress Sessions (APS)

Students attend 2 - 3 sessions based on classification.
Topics discussed in the sessions include:
   Classroom performance, i.e. quiz and test grades, homework,
    projects, class schedules
   Strategies to improve grades as necessary
   Major and career options
   Internship, research and education abroad opportunities
   Plans after graduation
   Employment opportunities and graduate school
   Establishing short and long-term goals for the semester, year and
   Personal matters if requested
   Referral information
   Individual Tutoring and Study Groups

CARES provides individual tutoring,
study group facilitation and/or
information about tutoring offered by
other departments on campus.
             Study Skills

The Learning Skills Specialist/Tutor
Coordinator conducts individual and
group sessions to assist students with
study skills, i.e. note-taking, time
management, test-taking.
      Enrichment Programs

Enrichment programs and activities are
focused on student classification and
pertinent issues as they transition
through each classification from
freshman to senior year, i.e. Critical First
Year Program for freshmen, Path Finder
Program for sophomores, and SOAR for
juniors and seniors.
     Help With Personal Issues

We offer a friendly ear and advice
when personal problems get in the way
of studying and making good grades. If
we cannot help, we will direct students
to someone who can assist them.
        Computer Lab

Our UK sponsored computer lab is
equipped with computers for use with
research papers, blackboard
assignments, WebClass for math
homework and more.
How Do We Do What We Do?
          Individual Tutoring

•   Students may request a tutor for any
    subject in which they are experiencing

•   CARES will pay for 1 hour of tutoring
    per week (exceptions are made if
    students need additional help)
                  Study Groups

•   Study groups are offered for first year students
    enrolled in most math and/or science courses
•   Study groups are organized as requested for
    sophomores, juniors and seniors
•   Study groups are led by tutors, i.e.
    undergraduate, master’s or doctoral students
    with demonstrated knowledge of the subject
•   Study groups meet a minimum of once a week,
    for at least 1 hour
First-Year Study Group Impact
             How Do We Know That What We Do Works?

•    The number of study group sessions attended had a
     significant positive effect on the grade received.

•    Students who attended a greater number of study
     group sessions earned higher grades.

•    The effect remained significant after controlling for
     sex, race, course type, high school GPA and ACT.

•    Tutoring sessions helped participating students get
     better grades.
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Critical First-Year Study Groups, 2006 - 2010, UK Office of
Institutional Research, Dr. Helena Truszczynska, August 2010.
          Math and Chemistry
            Exam Reviews

•   Exam reviews are held prior to each
    Math 109, Chemistry 105 and 107 exam
•   Refreshments are provided
        Freshmen Programs/Activities

•   Freshman Summer Program (FSP)
•   Critical First Year Program
•   Peer Academic Coaching (PAC)
       Freshman Summer Program (FSP)
•   Six-week residential summer program that provides an
    opportunity for students to earn up to six hours of college

•   All students enroll in a Math and English course, as well as
    participate in other academic/career activities, i.e. Study
    Skills Workshop, Career/Major Exploration Workshop,
    Shadowing Experience

•   Students are introduced to faculty and staff from various
    departments and learn about campus resources

•   Students participate in educational tours, recreational
    outings, cultural and social events
       Freshman Summer Program Impact

           First-to-Second Year Retention

Cohort         AA             AA               UK
Year        Retention      Retention        Retention
             w/ FSP         No FSP
2005            87.9          72.2            77.8
2006            85.3          75.4            76.4
2007            88.1          78.4            81.0
2008            90.2          73.0            80.3
2009            93.3          68.4            81.8
2010            85.4          80.3            81.5
   Freshman Summer Program Impact

Graduation Results
• FSP students had higher graduation rates
  for two of the three cohorts for which
  graduation rates were computed.
• FSP student’s graduation rates ranged
  from 37.50% to 65.22%
• Non-FSP six-year rates ranged from
  37.24% to 43.60%.
2011 FSP Students
         Critical First Year Program

The Critical First-Year Program is an academic
support program for underrepresented students
designed to assist in their successful transition from
high school to college. The goal of the program is
for students to earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point
average at the end of their freshman year.
         Critical First Year Components

• Multicultural First Year Focus Orientation
• First Year Focus Seminars
• Academic Progress Sessions (APS)
• Study Groups/Tutoring
• Mid-term Grade Check
         Peer Academic Coaching (PAC)

•   The goal of PAC is to assist students in improving
    their academic standing.

•   Targeted to first year students who have a GPA of
    2.2 or less at the end of the fall semester.

•   Students are teamed with a successful upperclassman
    that has a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or
    higher and proven leadership experience.

•   Teams of approximately 5 – 8 students and the PAC
    coach meet on a weekly basis.
           Peer Academic Coaching (PAC)

Students have the opportunity to:

•   learn strategies and skills that will aid in addressing
    academic weaknesses

•   enhance their ability to navigate the university system

•   build their confidence as they make conscious and informed
    decisions about their education and life plans

•   develop a relationship that will provide a peer resource for
    participants as he/she works to enhance their academic
    standing and adjustment to college life
   Peer Academic Coaching (PAC)
Topics discussed include:
       Where do we go from here?
       Establish Contract for Academic Success
       Distraction Exercise
       Goal Setting
       Time Management
       Learning Styles Inventory
       Academic Survival Skills
       Review Resource Book (Question Behind the Question)
       Test Taking
       Review Midterm Performance (CARES Staff)
       Fall Registration
       Discuss Summer Plans
       Preparing for Finals
         Third Semester Freshmen/Sophomore

•   Academic Progress Sessions
•   Path Finder Program: Explore, Excel, Succeed
               Path Finder Program

•   Designed to assist second year students to
    persist through to the third year and
    address issues associated with the
    sophomore slump.
•   Activities and programs focus on major
    exploration and career development.
               Path Finder
          Programs and Activities
•   Major Talks Series
•   Building Healthy Relationships
•   Time Management Workshop
•   Diversity Dialogues
•   Health Professions Information Sessions
•   Education Abroad Fair
•   Self-Care Workshops
•   Take the Lead Leadership Conference
             Junior and Senior

•   Academic Progress Sessions
•   SOAR

SOAR focuses on professional and
leadership development that enhances
the career preparedness for juniors and
seniors entering the job market or
attending graduate/professional school.
         SOAR Components

•   Leadership Development
•   Career Preparation
•   Graduate and Professional School
     SOAR Programs and Activities

•   Ready-to-Work Series
•   Real Life Series
•   Graduate & Professional School Showcase
•   Life After College Retreat
•   Harambee Celebration
•   Community Service Partnerships
•   Social Networking Opportunities
•   Graduate & Professional School Information
     William C. Parker Scholarship
Academic Student Contract Requirements
                  William C. Parker Scholarship
             Academic Student Contract Requirements

Fall Semester                                     Spring Semester
Enroll/Successfully Complete UK 101               3 Academic Progress Sessions
3 Academic Progress Sessions                      2 First Year Focus Seminars
2 First Year Focus Seminars                       Study groups (math and/or science)/
Study groups (math and/or science)/               Monitored Study
Monitored Study

Students are exempt from the second individual meeting if they do not have any academic
deficiencies (less than a C) at midterm of the semester.
          William C. Parker Scholarship
     Academic Student Contract Requirements

Third Semester Freshmen/Sophomores
  3 Academic Progress Sessions, (1 group and 2
    individual), 2 Path Finder Activities

  Students are exempt from the second individual meeting if they do not have
  any academic deficiencies (less than a C) at midterm.
             William C. Parker Scholarship
        Academic Student Contract Requirements

  3.0 or higher: 2 Academic Progress Sessions, 2 SOAR Activities
  2.9 or lower: 3 Academic Progress Sessions, 2 SOAR Activities

  3.0 or higher: 2 Academic Progress Sessions, 1 SOAR Activity
  2.9 or lower: 3 Academic Progress Sessions, 1 SOAR Activity
           CARES Academic Support Impact

                        Spring 2011 GPA’s
                       Scholarship      Non-Scholarship
                       Cum GPA          Cum GPA
*Freshmen              2.84             2.27
Sophomores             2.92             2.57
Juniors                3.15             2.61
Seniors                3.34             2.77

Students who meet with CARES Counselors and participate in CARES
activities have higher GPA’s.

*Freshman High School GPA’s: Scholarship 3.37; Non-Scholarship 3.22.
ACT Scores: Scholarship 22; Non-Scholarship 22.

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