2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 21, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Division of Student Learning and Academic Success


 

Vice Provost of Student Learning and Academic Success and
Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
:
Theodorea Regina Berry
MH 210; 407-823-2373
academicsuccess.ucf.edu/

Introduction

The new Division of Student Learning and Academic Success will focus on providing services that will help students to know more and do more. We are enthusiastic about our future as we move to maximize the dynamic and vibrant resources within the division and the college. In doing so, we are building a brighter future for current and future Knights who will continue to contribute much to our society — locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Academic Advancement Programs

Director: Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries
407-823-0101
aap.ucf.edu

Academic Advancement Programs (AAP) prepares UCF students — particularly underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college students — to pursue graduate school. AAP works in collaboration with faculty, staff, local and national partners to provide a range of graduate school preparation programs and services. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of initiatives designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of the graduate school application process, graduate funding, summer research programs and fellowship opportunities.

EXCEL

Director: Melissa Dagley
407- 823-6230
excel.ucf.edu

EXCEL strives to increase the number of students receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines from UCF. The program strives to enhance EXCEL students’ experiences during the first two years of college through improved student learning in math and science courses, block housing shared by STEM-focused students, a tutoring center, and early engagement in research experiences. EXCEL participants also work in cohorts, making it easy for them to team up with study partners in required courses that may have several hundred students.

Experiential Learning

Interim Director: VRhaniku Hynes
407-823-2667
explearning.ucf.edu

Experiential Learning (EL) provides students with the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world settings. In collaboration with UCF colleges and faculty, employers and community leaders, EL prepares students for academic and career success through experiential learning courses such as internships, co-ops and service-learning opportunities. Through these experiences, students gain essential skills, such as leadership, communication and critical thinking.

Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center

Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center
Director: Stephen O’Connell
Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH) 133
407-823-3165
Email: kmetc@ucf.edu
Academicsuccess.ucf.edu/kmetc

The Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center (KMETC) is an advising office and resource for all undeclared and major exploring undergraduate students. Advisors and coaches help students explore and select areas of study that suit their academic interests and post-graduation plans. Once students choose a degree program, the team connects them with the appropriate college advising office. KMETC advisors and coaches will continue to serve as a resource office for students throughout their academic career. Additionally, they help undergraduates acquire skills to transition to a university setting and connect them with university resources.

Office of Data and Strategic Projects

Director: Jacob Bonne
Trevor Colburn Hall 133; 407-823-6239
Email: studentsuccess@ucf.edu
http://oss.sdes.ucf.edu

The Office of Data and Strategic Projects provides guidance and support to key stakeholders to ensure student retention, graduation, and success. To achieve the UCF Collective Impact, DSP facilitates data-driven decision-making, cultivates partnerships to amplify impact, and embraces UCF’s innovative identity as a 21st century university.

Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising

Director: Erin Myszkowski
407-823-0101
phpladvising.ucf.edu

Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL Advising) guides and supports students interested in pursuing careers in the health and legal professions. These courses of study are beyond a baccalaureate degree and take place in professional school settings such as law school, medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, veterinary school, optometry school, podiatry school, chiropractic school, physician assistant programs, physical therapy programs, occupational therapy programs and public health programs.  PHPL advisors guide students through the multiple aspects of their preparation and application with the ultimate goal of helping them become a competitive professional school applicant.

Quality Enhancement Plan

Director: Anna Maria Jones
407-823-1342
undergrad.ucf.edu/what’snext

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a component of UCF’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Each QEP involves developing and executing a university-wide, multi-year initiative seeking to improve student learning outcomes. The mission of UCF’s current QEP, What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation, is to prepare our graduates to successfully enter and participate in the next steps of their professional and civic lives. What’s Next seeks to help students plan for their futures post-graduation: to not only set goals but to identify the knowledge and skills necessary to reach those goals. The initiative encourages students to connect their classroom knowledge and skills to real-world contexts and, thereby, to develop the ability to transfer knowledge and skills from one context to another. Finally, this initiative promotes opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences, to communicate their knowledge and experiences, and to develop the ability to successfully advocate for themselves in their lives beyond the university.

Registrar’s Office (RO)

University Registrar: Brian C. Boyd
MH 161; 407-823-3100
Email: registrar@ucf.edu
http://registrar.sdes.ucf.edu

The Registrar’s Office, with a commitment to quality service and leading-edge technology, provides timely and accurate enrollment information and access for students, colleges and departments, effectively meets student administrative needs, ensures complete records management from registration through graduation and archived data stores. The office maintains the integrity of student permanent academic records and implements procedures in accordance with university policies through campus-wide communication, collaboration, and leadership. In addition, the Registrar’s Office is responsible for management of efficient utilization of classroom resources, readmission, transient student admission, residency reclassifications, NCAA Division I initial and continuing eligibility, the Knights Graduation Grant Initiative, Commencement, and publication of course offerings, Commencement programs, and the online Undergraduate Catalog.

The Registrar’s Office upholds State of Florida and UCF policies and regulations regarding the academic record changes of undergraduate students, the degree audit program and the university-wide undergraduate graduation requirements.

The office reviews petitions for academic record changes such as medical withdrawals, late adds/drops, late withdrawals, and college petitions for waivers of UCF degree requirements. Academic Services administers the myKnight Audit for undergraduate degree programs. Additionally, it reviews lower level transfer credit for satisfaction of General Education requirements, Gordon Rule writing and foreign language proficiency requirements.

Residency Reclassification

The offices of Undergraduate Admissions and the College of Graduate Studies determine first term at UCF residency for tuition purposes for all newly admitted undergraduate and graduate students. Thereafter, the Registrar’s Office will review student requests for changes in residency for undergraduate students. The College of Graduate Studies will review student requests for changes in residency for graduate students. The Registrar’s Office does not review student requests for residency reclassification to be effective with the student’s first term of enrollment, only for subsequent terms.

To request an undergraduate residency review, the student must submit a completed “Residency Reclassification Application and Affidavit” and all supporting documents to the Registrar’s Office (MH 161). This form is available either at the Registrar’s Office or online at http://registrar.ucf.edu. This form must be accompanied by copies of all documents that support the student’s Florida residency claim. Residency reclassification requests are subject to Florida Statute 1009.21, F.S., State Board of Education, Rules 6A-10.044 & 6A-20.003, and Board of Governors regulation 7.005. In addition, University policy requires students requesting residency reclassification to provide documentation establishing that they have income or personal sources to meet the financial obligations of attendance and living expenses. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 407-823-3100 or ResidencyReview@ucf.edu for additional information regarding all residency reclassification requirements.

When building a case for Florida residency for tuition purposes, the student must submit documents from a variety of categories. Students may consult the Registrar’s Office before submitting the reclassification request and supporting documents. The submission of documents in itself does not qualify the student for Florida residency for tuition purposes. The Registrar’s Office will evaluate all submitted documents and available information and will render an eligibility determination. UCF is authorized to make discretionary judgments as to residency within the bounds of the law and in reaching this professional judgment will evaluate all documents submitted and information available. No single document shall be conclusive.

When seeking residency reclassification, students should understand that merely living in or attending college in the state of Florida does not automatically establish residency for tuition purposes in Florida. The student who comes to Florida to enroll in a Florida post-secondary educational institution as an out-of-state resident and continuously enrolls in a Florida institution normally will not meet the Florida residency requirement for in-state tuition regardless of the length of time enrolled. Living or attending a post-secondary educational institution in Florida merely evidences physical presence. The student must provide documentation verifying that he or she has formed significant legal ties to the State of Florida. This documentation must establish that the Florida residence constitutes a bona fide domicile rather than serving the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode, incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education. Evidence establishing legal ties to states other than Florida may disqualify the student from Florida residency for tuition purposes. All determinative documents must be dated at least 12 months before the first day of class for the term in which residency is sought.

Undergraduate students entering the second term of enrollment at UCF or later who believe that they qualify for Florida residency must submit the “Residency Reclassification Application and Affidavit” and all documents to the Registrar’s Office (MH 161) prior to the close of “Late Registration and Add period” for the term in which Florida residency is requested. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates. Approved residency reclassification will not be applied retroactively to previous terms.

The Registrar’s Office may require additional documentation beyond that initially submitted by the undergraduate student (or the claimant) before it can render a reclassification eligibility determination and it will not complete its review of the residency reclassification application until both the student and the claimant have submitted all requested documents.

All readmitted undergraduate students are required to submit copies of two documents (more may be requested) such as driver’s license, vehicle registration, and/or voter registration, to verify that they qualify and to update residency information on file. Requests for proof of residency for UCF undergraduate students looking to transfer or become transient students at another institution must be submitted in person or in writing.

UCF is authorized to make discretionary judgments as to residency within the bounds of the law and in reaching this professional judgment will evaluate all documents submitted and information available. Students who feel an erroneous decision was made regarding their residency reclassification may request an appeal in writing to the UCF Residency Appeals Committee through the Registrar’s Office.

Student Academic Resource Center (SARC)

Director: Rebecca Piety
TCH 117; 407-823-5130
Email: sarc@ucf.edu
http://sarc.sdes.ucf.edu

The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) provides high-quality programs and services that enable UCF students to achieve their academic goals. Programs include Supplemental Instruction (SI), Peer Tutoring, Online Peer-Assisted Learning (OPAL),  Academic Coaching and Engagement (ACE), and Academic Success Workshops.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides a series of weekly study sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. SI leaders attend class lectures and provide interactive study groups to help students develop effective ways to learn the course material, helping them succeed on the course and become independent learners.

SARC provides free small group peer tutoring to students enrolled in undergraduate courses associated with the current UCF semester’s schedule. Peer tutoring sessions take place in the SARC Lab located in TCH 117 or in the CECS Lab in ENG I room 281. Subject areas covered include – Accounting, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Human Physiology. No appointment is necessary and students may join or leave a tutoring session as needed. Some tutoring and SI sessions, known as OPAL, are available online so that students can attend and receive assistance from anywhere.

The Academic Coaching and Engagement (ACE) program facilitates academic success among UCF students by providing one-on-one, ongoing peer coaching. Academic coaches help students develop important academic and life skills such as organization, time management, study skills, and goal setting, which are necessary to ensure satisfactory academic progress. ACE coaches are available to meet with students regularly throughout the semester to check in on their progress, stay accountable for the goals and action plans devised in previous sessions, and become more engaged in campus life.Academic Success Workshops are designed to enhance common study skills such as test-taking strategies, time management, and motivation. SARC also offers study skills assessments and online resources available 24/7 to help students become successful at the college level.

UCF Abroad

Interim Director: Wayne Bowen
407-882-2300
studyabroad.ucf.edu

UCF Abroad provides access to high impact, international experiences for students interested in studying or interning outside the United States as a portion of their degree program. UCF Abroad participants are exposed to new environments, new customs, and in many cases new languages in an effort to broaden their perspectives and develop the skills necessary to set them apart in the global workplace. Self-discovery, self-confidence and cultural awareness are a few of the additional benefits to studying abroad. UCF Abroad offers a comprehensive portfolio of programs to accommodate all areas of study and a broad spectrum of student budgets.

Undergraduate Research

Assistant Dean and Director: Kimberly Schneider
407-823-0101
our.ucf.edu

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides students with the opportunity to engage in academic research, scholarship and creative work. Working closely with faculty, these students gain knowledge and build skills, such as critical thinking, communication and problem-solving. This experience prepares them for success in graduate and their career. For students interested in research, OUR provides peer mentoring, a “How-To” workshop series, and structured courses. They also have the opportunity to present their work at an annual on-campus research showcase and publish in the Pegasus Review, UCF’s Undergraduate Research Journal.

University Testing Center (UTC)

Director: Rebecca Piety
HPH 106; 407-823-5109
Email: utc@ucf.edu
http://utc.sdes.ucf.edu

The University Testing Center (UTC) is part of the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success. It administers exams, including entrance, placement, academic, certification and licensure, distance learning, and pre-employment exams for numerous agencies, businesses, and institutions. UTC also provides institutional, state, and national standardized testing services for UCF students, non-UCF students, and the community. UTC works with the Office of Student Accessibility Services to provide accommodations for students with disabilities.