Gail Hairston

Transfer Students to Learn How to Succeed at UK

Published: Feb 12, 2014

 

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2014) — Among all the Living Learning Communities and residential colleges at the University of Kentucky, the one dedicated to students who have transferred here from other two- and four-year colleges and other universities is special. The Transfer Living Learning Community is a residential experience designed to support students who require special consideration.

 

Regardless of the number of hours any particular student may have earned before registering at UK, the sheer size of the university and its greater spectrum of opportunities can be daunting for transfer students.  Accordingly, the academic success for Transfer LLC students is encouraged through connected courses with their peers, increased faculty and staff interaction, as well as intentional programming efforts.

 

Scheduled to open for the fall 2014 semester in Baldwin Hall, which also houses the First Generation LLC, the Transfer Living Learning Community seeks students between the ages of 18-25 years of age, with a minimum of 24 credit hours from another institution. All academic majors and interests are welcomed.

 

“While transfer and first generation students are definitely distinct groups of individuals, they share some of the same struggles to succeed academically,” said Trisha Clement-Montgomery, assistant director of academic iniatives.

 

Through participation in the Transfer LLC, a student will:

  • become knowledgeable of campus resources and services available to them
  • become knowledgeable of campus organizations and how to become involved

 

The Transfer LLP will help explain UK’s academic requirements and expectations and also help students become socially and academically integrated into UK’s academic and social community. Special attention will be given to helping students complete the transfer student credit process and to retain transfer credits from one semester to the next.

 

All students who participate in the Transfer LLC will reside in Baldwin Hall, located in the south campus neighborhood, with access to a unique space dedicated to supporting transfer students through the transition into UK college life. The community is equipped with study rooms, active learning spaces, tutoring sessions and a host of other programming initiatives specifically for transfer students.

 

Students who enroll in the Transfer LLC will have the opportunity to participate in programs designed specifically to support their success, such as:

  • Organized in-hall study groups for any courses students need. For instance, in the past, tutors have been hired to lead sessions in chemistry and mathematics
  • Monthly in-hall workshops and seminars on topics vital to transfer student success, such as getting involved in student organizations, or preparing for a career
  • Special community service projects, such as volunteering at Kentucky Children's Hospital.

 

Students who participate in the Transfer LLC are required to enroll in UK 201, a one-credit-hour course designed to help transfer students adjust to academic life at UK. Through lectures, class discussions and out-of-class assignments, UK 201 helps students articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; become aware of the university's mission, history and traditions; demonstrate skills for achieving academic success such as information literacy; identify personal skills and interests that complement a career search or choice; locate and use campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that transfer students often face in a college environment; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

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