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Dr. Karen B. Patterson


Associate Vice President for Faculty Resources and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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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; Chelsea Whiteman


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Chelsea Whiteman is an Academic Advisor in the First-Year Advising Office (FYA).  She was born in Minnesota, but considers Jacksonville her home town.  She earned a BA in English at UNF, with minors in Art History and Photography.  She began her career at UNF as an Academic Tutor for Writing.  After graduating from UNF, she went on to work at FSCJ's Cecil Center location as an Academic Tutor and then as a Retention Specialist for the Adult Education program.  She then returned to UNF and the FYA office. 


At the FYA office, Chelsea greatly enjoys having the opportunity to guide new freshmen as they transition to college, and to help them get  the most out of their college experience.  When not working at FYA, Chelsea enjoys traveling, spending time with her fiance and two furry children, working as a portrait photographer, and watching the latest big TV series on Netflix. 


Did You Know?

Academic Center for Excellence changing name to First-Year Advising Office!

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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 


 Osprey wingsSupplemental 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.