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August 2012

Be a part of the TEAM

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is looking for volunteers who care about helping students succeed.

A new program, called TEAM Up with US (Teach, Educate, Advise and Mentor), is designed to provide support to help students stay in school and complete their degrees.

“As the most diverse campus in the UNC System, UNCG is home to many bright students, too many of whom are also economically disadvantaged. With our retention and graduation rates far from ideal, we MUST provide a fuller array of academic supports,” writes Steve Roberson, dean of undergraduate studies.

And it's not just about student success — it's also about helping North Carolina's workforce. A 2010 Georgetown University report predicts that 60 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require a post-secondary degree by 2018. Currently, only 37 percent of North Carolina's working-age adults (25-64) hold such degrees.

“The faculty and staff here are superb and they are doing everything they can, individually and collectively, to provide a world-class education for our students,” he writes. “However, we have to do more.”

Volunteers can be emeritus faculty members, retired college professionals, alumni or even current college professionals who are able to put in a few hours a month to make a difference.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Academic Coaching for Transfer/Adult Success, a one-on-one coaching program; a coach will partner with a student and spend three one-hour coaching sessions with them each semester to assess their strengths and areas for growth.

Mentoring students who are in academic recovery (those who have returned after academic suspension or dismissal) in the Academic Contract for Excellence Program.

Teaching Foundations for Learning, a first-year course that is “a proven boon to retention and learning.”

Advocating for learning communities by becoming a faculty fellows facilitator, lecture series facilitator, mentoring and offering additional support for specific communities and more.

Helping with undergraduate research by being a judge at the annual Undergraduate Research Expo held every April, helping students create poster presentations of their work, helping researchers incorporate their project into resume or cover letters and more.

Teaching Student Academic Success 100 and 200, eight-week intervention courses required for students who fall under academic probation.

Becoming an academic coach at Students First, a new academic one-stop shop and advising center open throughout the week. It also serves as the centralized advising center for all exploratory (undecided) students at UNCG.

You can find more information about each of these volunteer areas and fill out a volunteer form at http://excellence.uncg.edu/teamup/default.php

Volunteers' interests and expertise will be matched with the areas of greatest need on campus, and training sessions for each area will be provided. All volunteers must give permission for UNCG to perform a background check.

For more information, contact Demetrice Smith at (336) 334-5534 or dmsmith6@uncg.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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