Transformative Learning at the University of Kentucky – a New Group in the Division of Undergraduate Education

Deanna Sellnow

Dr. Deanna Sellnow, Assistant Provost for Transformative Learning

As part of the reorganization of the Division of Undergraduate Education, Transformative Learning has emerged under the leadership of Dr. Deanna Sellnow, Assistant Provost. Transformative Learning enhances through intentional collaborations with UK’s undergraduate colleges, student support units and community members the best in existing units and has developed new initiatives as well. They serve both faculty (professional development and consultations) and students (individual and group tutoring, workshops) — including Academic Enhancement, Presentation U!, and the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) program.Transformative Learning - The Study, PresentationU, Certificate for Non-Profit Professionals

Academic Enhancement

Students don’t need an appointment to attend peer tutoring sessions at The Study (see more at their Peer Tutoring website). And all the academic advisors know of and rely on the services they offer to support student success, including placement testing and two of the courses in the UK Academic Preparation Program.

Another proven success for UK students is the Study Smarter Seminar. Students are invited to register and attend the Study Smarter Seminar on Tuesday, February 10 at 5 pm in the W.T. Young Library. This seminar teaches students to study smarter, not harder. The seminar includes tips to improve: note taking, critical reading, goal setting, self-testing strategies, test-taking anxiety and time management — as well as how to incorporate technology into studying to make life easier! For $40, students will receive three hours of instruction in a small, informal classroom setting and all course materials, including “The Skinny On College Student Success” textbook, which students may keep and use as a resource throughout their college career.

The Study logoAlso, on Tuesday, February 10, La mesa del español begins! The Study North will be offering tutoring support from Individual Academic Consultants from the Spanish Department for students enrolled in Spanish classes on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00pm. The Study North is on the first floor of Champions Court I (the residence hall directly across from the bookstore in the Student Center, between Lexington and Martin Luther King, Jr. streets).

Visit for a complete overview of all the FREE tutoring services available for students, now at both The Commons (on the third floor of the Complex Commons building in the Blanding-Kirwan Complex) and Champions Court I.

PresentationU logoPresentation U!

The semester is in full-swing with paper and presentation deadlines quickly approaching. Students can drop-in or schedule a FREE peer tutoring session at Presentation U! in the basement of the W.T. Young Library. Our peer tutors can assist with all multimodal communication projects including written (papers & outlines), oral (speeches & presentations), and visual (powerpoint, prezis, e-portfolios, etc.) assignments. Students should plan to attend the Power Hour this week, offered at two different times and locations for their convenience. On Tuesday, February 10th “Say What???: Developing and Organizing an Effective Speech” will be held from 6-7 pm @ The Hub – W.T. Young Library and on Wednesday, February 11th at Champions Court I from 3-4 pm.

Learn more about Presentation U! at www.uky/edu/Presentationu.

Certified NonProfit Professional logoSocial Enterprise & Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) certificate program

Students interested in nonprofit work or eager to develop the leadership skills sought after by all employers need to learn about becoming a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). The Social Enterprise & Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) certificate program is a co-curricular professional certificate program that complements majors and minors and equips students with professional skills, networking, and internship experiences to succeed as leaders upon graduation.

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2015. Learn more and apply at



About UK Student and Academic Life

Undergraduate Education is now recreated within the Division of Student and Academic Life in the Provost's Office at the University of Kentucky.
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