Summer Academy@UK 2015 – Collaboration Across Colleges and Support Units

GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy @ UK logoThe GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0 Summer Academy@UK launched on July 5, 2015. This college readiness program at the University of Kentucky is managed by the Division of Undergraduate Education in partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education’s GEAR UP Kentucky. Now in its second year, the three-week residential program called Summer Academy@UK prepares GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) students (now rising sophomores and juniors) academically and personally for college – and not just any college. For some great photos and videos of past activities related to GUK at the University of Kentucky in 2013 and 2014, see the UGE Flickr albums.

The Academy@UK aims to prepare Kentuckians for success at the University of Kentucky. The instructors and staff of the Summer Academy@UK come from many different colleges and support units across the University and they work to:

  1. Introduce high schoolers to at least some parts of the four University of Kentucky Core Program learning outcomes.
  2. Offer digital badges that depict the particular skills and knowledge learned in each of the courses, and invite the colleges’ faculty leadership to explore the possibility of offering dual-credit courses or offer college credit (using a special by-pass examination) upon completion of all three summers’ work.

See more on this program at the UK Undergraduate Education website: www.uky.edu/UGE/gear-up.

A Typical Week Day At Summer Academy@UK
7 a.m. Breakfast at The Commons
8 a.m. CORE classes in General Studies and in Arts & Creativity
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Electives and Library/Studio Time
5 p.m. Dinner at The Commons
7 p.m. Library (for Studio Time or Study Groups), and College Café; a Social Event in the Residence Hall
10 p.m. Lights out

The Summer Academy@UK schedule was organized by Matthew Deffendall (with his team in First Generation Initiatives), Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth (Assistant Provost in the Division of Undergraduate Education) and Dr. Laurie Henry, Associate Dean in the College of Education.

WEEK ONE:

July 5 – Housing Orientation and Training for 2 Residential Advisors and 5 Residential Instructional Assistants, Woodland Glen II

July 6 – Summer Academy@UK Launch Breakfast (college leadership invited) and Instructor Orientation; Students and parents arrive and check in at Woodland Glen II; Welcome Session (see Dr. Ben Withers’ video presentation here, thanks to the staff in the Faculty Media Depot) and Overview of UK for the students and their families; Campus tours; Groups’ Banner Design session and ice cream social

July 7 – Campus Rec Tour and activities for students at Johnson Center; Orientation to Canvas for Instructors and Instructional Assistants; UK College Fair; Plenary Session for Students on Overview of Summer Academy and Academic Expectations including journaling via blogs; Circle Game; Café College

July 8 through 10 – Classes began; Games and Movies that Night; LinkBlueID activation and Account Profile Settings in Canvas completed; Classes conducted in first week:

  • General Studies Core (EDU sessions focusing on research, composition and visual literacy; COM sessions focusing on public speaking), Levels I and II – with instructors from the College of Education and the College of Communication & Information
  • Arts & Creativity Core (Creativity & the Art of Acting, Performing World Music, Introduction to Photographic Literacy), Levels I and II – with instructors from the College of Fine Arts
  • Problem-based Learning – with instructors from the College of Education
  • Special Collections Tour by the UK Libraries staff
  • Engineering and Autonomous Systems – with instructors from the College of Engineering
  • Following Our Food, Learning to Lead – with instructors from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Global Workplace Communications – with instructors from First Gen Initiatives, Undergraduate Education
  • Japanese Language and Culture – with instructors from the College of Education

July 10 – Lexington Legends Game in the evening

July 11 – FUSION community service event (students were split into teams to work at the STEAM Academy, God’s Pantry, Catholic Action Center, Lexington Farmers’ Market, International Book Project, Seadleaf, St. Agnes House, Bluegrass Greensource); Open Swim and Outdoor Rec or Library/Study Time; Taste of Our World feasting and dancing with international students  sponsored by the UK International Center

WEEK TWO:

July 12 – Some went to church, some did laundry; open swim or study time; GEAR UP Academy@UK Summer Olympics

July 13 through 17– General Studies Core Levels I and II; Creativity & the Arts Core Levels I and II; Lunch & Learn at PresentationU!; Electives conducted in Week 2:

  • Turkish Language and Culture – with instructors from the College of Education
  • Problem-solving Using Tools of Science – with instructors from the Science Outreach Center in the College of Medicine
  • Design In Your World – with instructors from the College of Design
  • Scratch Programming – with instructors from the UK Healthcare Continuing Education IT unit
  • UK Special Collections Tour
  • Power of Blogs for Social Change – with instructors from the College of Education

July 17 – Lexington Gallery Hop; Dance Party

July 18 – Ecuador Exchange sponsored by the Center for English as a Second Language

WEEK THREE:

July 20 through 23 – General Studies Core Levels I and II; Creativity & the Arts Core Levels I and II; Electives conducted in Week 3:

  • Arabic Language and Muslim Culture – with instructors from the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Marketing Me – with instructors from PresentationU! in Undergraduate Education
  • Video Production – with instructors from the Center for Enhancement for Learning & Teaching
  • Walk Across Kentucky – with instructors from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • History Comes Alive – with instructors from First Gen Initiatives in Undergraduate Education

In addition to Tuesday’s College Café session in the evening, Summer Academy@UK includes Trivia Night (Wednesday) and a Talent Show (Thursday).

July 24 – Project work and preparation for Showcase; Students going home with their families that evening pack to leave; Parent Workshop (GEAR UP KY programming); Reception for parents together with student presentations of their elective classes’ capstone projects; Dinner and Final Showcase sponsored by Enrollment Management

July 25 – Last of the students leave by bus for home

You can follow the goings-on of the Summer Academy@UK 2015 with Twitter – search on #GEARUPatUK. For more information, contact the Summer Academy@UK Co-Director Matthew Deffendall, Director of First Generations Initiatives in the Division of Undergraduate Education (matthew.deffendall@uky.edu).

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