The Division of Undergraduate Education will host a large group of Kentucky high schoolers who will be living and learning here on the UK campus as part of a 5-year college readiness program. The GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0 Summer Academy@UK is a college readiness program at the University of Kentucky in partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education’s GEAR UP Kentucky. The Academy@UK prepares GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) students academically and personally for college – and not just any college. 2016 marks the third year of the academy on campus which aims to prepare Kentuckians for success at the University of Kentucky.
The instructors and staff of the Academy@UK will:
- Introduce high schoolers to at least some parts of the four University of Kentucky Core Program learning outcomes.
- 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.
From July 10 to July 30th, 100 students selected from 22 Kentucky high schools (rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders) will live in a UK residence hall; eat at UK dining; and take classes in UK classrooms, laboratories, and fine arts rooms. They will work with campus partners from the Media Depot, Transformative Learning, Undergraduate Studies and the Stuckert Career Center to develop college knowledge. Study groups will meet in The Hub for students to engage with their peers and instructors in person as well as through the free and open version of the Canvas LMS.
All students will take classes that relate to requirements in UK Core: Composition & Communication I and Intellectual Inquiry in Arts & Creativity. Last summer 16 students were returners from the first Academy@UK, and all but one earned their digital badges for their core classes. The 15 returning students (rising seniors) will attempt the third level of C&CI and Arts & Creativity courses under the direction of UK faculty who regularly teach these courses. This summer, in addition to the core classes in the mornings, students will select electives each week ranging from Chinese language and culture to robotics and computer programming. Participants will experience the Lexington community by participating in Gallery Hop, visiting the Lexington Farmer’s Market, and attending a Lexington Legends baseball game.
Several colleges and student support units at UK partner in the Academy@UK to ensure students increase their college readiness by using written oral and visual communication skills; increase academic and professional skills; and develop appropriate behavior and self-awareness so that they can succeed on a college campus and navigate the complexities of college life. Thus far, faculty and staff from the following colleges and units are taking leadership roles in the instructional components of the Academy@UK 2016:
- College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
- College of Communication & Information
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Health Sciences
- College of Medicine
- Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
- First-Gen Initiatives, UGE
- International Center
- Residence Life, Student Affairs
- Stuckert Career Center & Undergraduate Studies, UGE
- Transformative Learning, UGE
- UK Academic Technologies
For more information about Summer Academy@UK 2016, contact Matthew Deffendall (email@example.com) in First Gen Initiatives.