I am pleased to announce a new initiative created this summer to support the retention of students at the University of Kentucky. The Division of Undergraduate Education in partnership with the Office of Institutional Diversity is proud to announce #LINKUP.
The program is designed to connect non-scholarship students who are first generation, a Pell grant recipient or student from an underrepresented ethnic group to our existing programs and resources. For our 2014 first year cohort, 1,318 students fell in at least one of these three categories. See the message that was sent to these students by the Office of Student Success (below).
Our goal with this initiative is to connect these students with secondary advisors in CARES, First Generation Initiatives, Robinson Scholars, or Student Support Services, and ensure these students have a successful freshmen year. We hope this effort will attempt to reduce the alarming rate with which this group leaves at the end of the first year (25-28%) and connect them to resources in their college and UK student success initiatives.
If you have a student mention they received an email about this, please encourage them to get connected.
Matthew B. E. Deffendall, M.A.
Director of First Generation Initiatives
Academy for Undergraduate Excellence, Division of Undergraduate Education
Email invitation sent to selected first year students: