What’s going on in Undergraduate Education – Career & Exploratory Advising

Karen Badger

Dr. Karen Badger, Associate Dean for Career & Exploratory Advising and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education

Starting on December 1, 2014, Dr. Karen Badger became the Associate Dean for Career and Exploratory Advising and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education (UGE). As Associate Dean (for the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Ben Withers), she is responsible for leadership in both Undergraduate Studies and the Stuckert Career Center.

By combining these two units, after going through exhaustive external reviews in 2007 and again in 2012-13, UGE is bringing together two sets of professional staff from different backgrounds to work collaboratively on both advising and career counseling strategies. Combining them under an Associate Dean with senior faculty rank will focus and deepen those programs that facilitate students who making their transition to college. As the students explore academic and career options, they will be more efficiently served as the two units begin understanding more clearly how each other’s professional standards support and diversify opportunities for student learning in these critical areas.

Key Programming in Undergraduate Studies and the Stuckert Career Center that Cross between Career Counseling and Academic Advising

  • Academic Preparation Program advising
  • BCTCblue+ Program and KCTCS Transfer Pathway Guides
  • BTAP (transition from B&E) and ETAP (from Engineering)
  • Career Fairs
  • Advising for Non-degreeseeking High School Students in Dual Credit Programs, e.g., STEAM Academy
  • UK’s National Student Exchange Program
  • Experiential Education Program (EXP courses) and UK-prefix Orientation Courses, including UK150 (Major and Career Exploration)
  • Pre-professional advising
  • Rebound Program for re-admitted students in Undergraduate Studies

As Assistant Provost, Dr. Badger helps the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education lead campus conversations to evaluate and strengthen advising and career services for all undergraduate students. As a faculty champion for exploratory students transitioning from high school as well as from other institutions to UK, Dr. Badger brings a wealth of knowledge to the review committees for curricular proposals. She also coordinates University-wide curriculum processes by leading the Undergraduate Council and the UK Core Education Committee.


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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