What’s going on in Undergraduate Education – Transformative Learning

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 (better known as The Study), Presentation U!, and the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) program.

Tranformative Learning = The Study, PresentationU, CNP

Academic Enhancement (AE)

Students don’t need an appointment to attend peer tutoring sessions at The Study – all UK academic advisors know of and rely on the services AE offers to support student success, including placement testing and two of the courses in the UK Academic Preparation Program (college reading for English speakers and math developmental education). Another proven success for UK students is the Study Smarter Seminar. This 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.

Presentation U!
(UK’s Quality Enhancement Plan under the SACS-COC accreditation review)

A state-of-the-art multimodal communication center, Presentation U! is the centerpiece of UK’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for SACS-COC accreditation. Faculty Fellows work with the Presentation U! staff in workshops, small groups and one-on-one sessions to develop instructional modules, assignments, grading rubrics and other assessment methods for their courses, public presentations or digital publications. Graduate students can serve as GAs to mentor undergraduate peer tutors or to present faculty development workshops on campus. Undergraduates drop-in or schedule a free peer tutoring session at Presentation U! in the basement of the W.T. Young Library. Peer tutors assist with all multimodal communication projects including written (papers & outlines), oral (speeches & presentations), and visual (powerpoint, prezis, e-portfolios, etc.) assignments. Students can attend Power Hours, offered at both W.T. Young or at Champions Court on North Campus for their convenience.

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

This co-curricular professional certificate program is for students interested in nonprofit work or eager to develop the leadership skills sought after by all employers. Dr. Todd J. Stoltzfus runs the certificate programming: the University of Kentucky is an approved academic provider for the CNP which is credentialed by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The program complements majors and minors and equips students with professional skills, networking, and internship experiences to succeed as leaders upon graduation.

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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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