The board of regents at historically Black Kentucky State University has approved the establishment of University College at the university. The new unit’s mission will be to provide a series of programs, services, and curriculum to promote and support the academic success of first-year students at Kentucky State. The University College structure would include areas of academic advising, academic support, first-year experience and learning communities and first-year curriculum.
“University College is an interdisciplinary, collaborative unit that houses a group of closely related offices offering student-centered programs and services that enhance students’ exploration, engagement and success,” according to Thomas Calhoun, vice president for student engagement and campus life at Kentucky State. “With its outcomes-oriented philosophy, University College will provide seamless, robust, focused and comprehensive educational support.”
The primary objective of University College is to increase the first- to second-year retention rate by 3 to 5 percent overall every year.