In addition to advising students, the University College Advising Center coordinates various programs and services for the entire MTSU community. In coordinating these programs, the UCAC strives to bring learning alive all over campus and in the residence halls. The goal is to offer programs that will help students succeed in their majors and offer experiences that will enrich their lives. This is currently accomplished through the Academic Success Series, Advising for Special Populations, Community Summer Reading Program, Raider Learning Communities, MTSU Next Step, Partners in Education (PIE), the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Retention Program, The Food Pantry, and University Withdrawals.
In addition to serving undeclared students, we also advise Mass Comm students and
Pre-Nursing students. These student make up our "special populations".
Mass Comm students who have earned up to 45 hours are advised through our office. The UCAC Mass Comm Advisors are Nancy Stubblefield and Gia Jones. To set up an appointment with her please call 898-2339.
Pre-Nursing students who are not yet eligible to apply for the Nursing Program are advised through our office. The UCAC Pre-Nursing Advisor is Melissa Towe. To set up an appointment with her please call 898-2339.
MTSU's Community Summer Reading Program was created in 2002 under the direction of Laurie Witherow, the Assistant Dean in the University College Advising Center. The objectives of the program are to:
During CUSTOMS, all incoming freshman students receive packets that include a Summer Reading Guide, information about the author, and a list of course sections using the book selection for the Fall. In its first year, over 100 different course sections from three different academic colleges participated, along with six reading groups from the local community! More than 7,000 people attended last Fall's University Convocation where our guest author was invited to speak. Click here to learn more about this program.
MTSU Next Step
The transition into college can be a challenging one for all students. For students
coming from a foster care background, homeless situation or for those who have been
living as independent minors, it can be especially difficult- simply because it is
hard to know where to begin the journey or know who to turn to or trust. That is why
Middle Tennessee State University, in conjunction with the Department of Children's
Services, and the Tennessee Youth Advisory Council, created Next Step.
Next Step provides additional support for our students coming from these, oftentimes, difficult situations. The keystone of our program is our group of student mentors. They are Next Step participants just like you who came from situations just like yours. Participants of our group come back semester after semester to offer peer support and encouragement to our newest members. Simply put, Next Step brings students together to help one another.
Visit our website at www.mtsu.edu/nextstep for more info and contact information.
The Partners In Education program is designed to strengthen the three-way partnership among the student, the family, and the University so as to maximize support of the academic success of the student. By completing and signing a Student Release of Confidential Information form, students may allow designated persons access to specific academic information otherwise protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These designated persons will have access to grades and progress reports of their student members, letters concerning certain types of disciplinary dispensations, and may telephone or e-mail the University College Advising Center for other information related to their students academic progress, financial aid, and account information as long as the membership is active.
For more information and to download the PIE documents visit www.mtsu.edu/pie
The Raider Learning Community Program (RLC) offer students an opportunity to experience classes at MTSU in a whole new way. The RLC program helps create a small college atmosphere within the large university environment. RLC students belong to small groups of approximately 25 and enroll as a group in courses available to that community. As an RLC participant, you will find that the experience builds a connection with a group of peers. Those relationships with your academic colleagues often lead to lasting friendships and provide a real enhancement to your studies and entire college experience.
MTSU offers two types of RLC experiences . . . residential and non-residential. Housing and Residential Life coordinates residential learning community options. These include the Aerospace and Give Me a Beat communities. Contact Housing and Residential Life for more details. The University College Advising Center coordinates non-residential learning communities. Special sections of various general education courses have been paired together to offer all students the opportunity to experience the learning community concept. Offers are listed each semester on RaiderNet.
For more information about Raider Learning Communities visit www.mtsu.edu/rlc
The Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Retention Program is an effort to help incoming freshmen understand and retain the Hope Scholarship. Becca Seul and Tyler Henson have been working together since 2008 to identify students who struggle in their first year keeping the required 2.75 GPA for the Hope Scholarship. In 2009 they began teaching a University 1010 course especially for students who gained the Hope Scholarship by either their high school GPA or ACT score, but not by both requirements. Currently, the program is expanding to reach out to high school students before they even begin their college careers, in an attempt to prepare students for their first year before it starts. If you would like to know more about keeping the Hope Scholarship or need one of our advisors to present information to your class or group about retaining the scholarship, email Becca Seul at Becca.Seul@mtsu.edu or Danielle Stefanski at Danielle.Stefanski@mtsu.edu.
Our office helps students who wish to withdraw from the University. If you are considering a withdraw or need assistance with the process, we will be glad to assist you. For more information on withdrawing from the University visit the website at www.mtsu.edu/withdraw.