Dr. Karen B. Patterson
Associate Vice President for Faculty Resources and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Everyone at the University of North Florida - from the president,
to the dean of your academic college, to your residence hall advisor – is committed to your success in college. In Undergraduate Studies, our team of
advisors and academic support specialists are focused on ensuring you receive
the exemplary education you deserve. We will make certain you get the most out
of your time spent at the university, encouraging you to participate in
Transformational Learning Opportunities and undergraduate research, both of
which will give you a lasting foundation for your career and lifelong learning.
We are here to enhance your educational experience by providing
opportunities to learn outside the classroom and expand your knowledge base.
Our advisors are highly trained professionals who will guide your academic
career with your goals in mind. Our wide array of academic support programs,
including Supplemental Instruction, peer tutoring, and academic coaching, will
ensure that you get the help you need when you need it. I hope you will take
some time to explore our website and learn about all the opportunities
available to you during your time here.
At UNF, we are particularly proud of our outstanding
Transformational Learning Opportunities program. TLOs are experiences that
enrich student learning and personal development both inside and outside the
classroom. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over $3.5 million dollars has
been distributed to students and faculty and over 400 projects have been
funded. Our goal at UNF is to ensure every student participates in at least one
TLO experience before he or she graduates. Where will yours take you?
We are here to serve you, and we want you to succeed. As much as
you will learn from us, we will learn from you. And it starts today. I hope to
see you on campus soon when you visit your academic advisor or stop by tutoring
services. Our team is here to support you. After all, there is no one like you, and no place like this.
Meet Our Staff Spotlight
First-Year Academic Advisor; Ambrey Wilson
Ambrey is a native of Statesboro, Georgia where he earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Georgia Southern University in 2014. The semester following his undergraduate studies, he moved to Jacksonville to begin his master’s degree at UNF in practical philosophy and applied ethics. Graduating in 2017, he returned to Statesboro after accepting an advisor position with Georgia Southern. Advising in the College of Science and Mathematics there for almost a year, Ambrey came back to UNF be part of the First-Year Advising team. He is excited to be back in Jacksonville at North Florida, once again enjoying the vibrant and friendly community that the city and university provide. In his spare time, Ambrey enjoys reading, especially Russian literature, watching anime, and taking in the arts and events that Jacksonville and UNF have to offer.
Did You Know?
Academic Center for Excellence changing name to First-Year Advising Office!
The office formerly known as the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) will now be the First-Year Advising Office (FYA). Undergraduate Studies created a new unit, Student Academic Success Services (SASS), to deliver retention programming such as peer tutoring, supplemental instruction support and academic coaching. The First-Year Advising Office will continue to provide intrusive, developmental advising for first year students as well as students exploring majors. First-Year Advising is serving close to 1500 incoming first year students from summer and fall 2017, an increase of 15% over the 2016 incoming first year class. Our First Year Advising team is excited to partner with all of Undergraduate Studies to support the persistence and graduation of our newest members of the osprey flock.
Supplemental Instruction addresses high failure rate courses
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free academic program designed to help students succeed in historically difficult courses. The program provides study sessions led by students who have successfully completed the course and are eager to help their peers succeed. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together.
Students who attend 5 or more SI sessions typically experience a ½ to full letter grade increase. In Fall 2016 alone, there were more than 5,000 visits to SI sessions. Courses across multiple disciplines are supported, including Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Physics, & Management.