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October 2017

 

 
  DATES TO REMEMBER
 
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  A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at www.ucmo.edu/calendar/.  A few of the many important dates for the fall semester include the following:
     
   
October 6 End of first half-semester, and final exams for classes that meet first half-semester only
October 9 All Day Resume Help in Career Services (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 9 Second-half semester classes begin
October 11 BIG Career Expo 2017 for students from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building
October 11 Last day to register, add, or change second half-semester classes
October 12 Business, Industry and Government Interview Day for students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Career Services Center (Ward Edwards 1200)
October 13-14 Homecoming Weekend
October 16 Enrollment begins for spring semester classes
October 20 Last day to drop a fall full-semester class with a W - read more about the Grading System
November 20-24 Fall Break - Residence halls close at 6 p.m. Friday, November 17 and reopen Sunday, November 26 at noon.  University offices will be closed November 22-24.
December 4-8 Finals week
December 8 Residence halls close at 6 p.m. and reopen Sunday January 7 at noon
December 8-9 Commencement, see the Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Schedule
     
    Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.

 

HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!

 

Do you have trouble remembering all of those campus dates and deadlines? Add "UCM MoInfo" to the Facebook pages that you "like" and you will receive updates from the Office of the Registrar. These announcements will include information regarding course enrollment, graduation, refund dates and other important deadlines. The Registrar's Office also tweets. Check out their Twitter account at "UCMRegistrar". If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.

   

MENTAL FITNESS WORKSHOPS IN OCTOBER

 

October 2 & 5: Healthy Sexual Communication
October 9 & 12: Mindfulness
October 16 & 19: Coping with Setbacks/Fear of Failure
October 23 & 26: Stress Management and Self-Care
October 30: Perfectionism and Procrastination

3:00-4:30 pm (same content both days), Rec Center Classroom

 

UNIVERSITY EMAIL


Information regarding holds, registration and other important university-business is continually sent to UCM email accounts in order to keep students informed of important dates and deadlines. Please encourage your student to view this account on a frequent basis.

FALL IS HERE AND SO IS THE FAFSA!


Beginning October 1, 2017, families can begin to file the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year. For 2018-19, families will use their 2016 tax forms which is a change to the aid process. Since the taxes are already complete, families don’t need to wait until Spring and can use the IRS data retrieval tool within the FAFSA application. This allows for students to use accurate data and meet priority deadlines well in advance.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance will begin to award financial aid in mid-December, which will enable our families to have several months to plan for their educational expenses for the 2018-19 year. We will continue to provide helpful information and updates throughout the year in this newsletter and directly to the students via their UCM email accounts and UCM Weekly.

UCM HAS A STUDENT SUCCESS MOBILE APP

UCM has implemented a student success tool called Guide-College Simplified. Guide is a student success mobile phone application that helps students navigate roadblocks to graduation and make better choices along the way. This mobile device empowers students with the information that will keep them on a path toward graduation by giving them notifications about deadlines like paying for college or resolving holds. It provides helpful tips and tricks to do well in college as well as connects students with resources when they are needed.

Guide adopts what can be confusing and often overwhelming school requirements and information into digestible steps specific to the student. Along the way, the application has a major exploration feature so students can explore majors and career options right in the palm of their hand.

Students can download the app for free by searching ‘Guide-College Simplified” on Google Play or the Apple App Store. They will be able to use their MyCentral credentials to login. Students without a smartphone can use the desktop version at eabguide.com.

CALDERON FAMILY RECOGNIZED AS UCM FAMILY OF THE YEAR

    The family of University of Central Missouri freshman Jose Calderon, Independence, was named the UCM Family of the Year as part of UCM’s annual Family Weekend Sept. 15-17. Calderon and his family were recognized during the Sept. 16 football game between the UCM Mules and the Missouri Western State University Griffons. Calderon, his parents, Manuel and Connie Calderon of Independence, and his sister, Alejandra and her boyfriend, Steven, attended the game. In the essay he wrote nominating his family for the honor, Calderon acknowledged the impact family has had on him.

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GROWTH IN NEW FRESHMEN, TRANSFERS AMONG UCM ENROLLMENT SUCCESSES


Successes that include 5.1 percent growth in new freshmen, a 3.4 percent increase in new transfer students, and a 1.1 percent increase in student retention are being experienced at the University of Central Missouri. UCM announced its fall 2017 enrollment statistics following a census conducted this week by the Office of Institutional Research.

Data shows a total 12,333 students, which includes 9,801 undergraduate students, up from 9,786 in fall 2016. Although the university is experiencing a 5.8 percent increase in combined new in-state and out-of-state domestic graduate students, fall graduate enrollment of 2,532 students is down from 4,202 students last fall, due to a decline in international students.

“We’re very pleased by what we’re seeing in several different undergraduate categories that are significant to our efforts to continue to create ongoing momentum and sustainability in enrollment. They demonstrate that our recruitment strategies are having a positive impact, but we also understand our success as a university means more than bringing students to campus,” said UCM President Charles Ambrose. “Once students are on campus we want each student to have a high-impact educational experience and, of course, achieve the end goal of earning a degree. Our census data clearly shows progress toward this goal.”

Mike Godard, vice provost for enrollment management, said there are 1,691 first-time freshmen on campus, an increase from 1,605 in 2016. This is in addition to 885 undergraduate transfer students, which is up from 855 the previous year. He attributes these improved numbers to a stronger presence of admissions representatives in metropolitan areas that include Kansas City, on both sides of the state line, as well as St. Louis and Chicago.

One of the factors affecting overall enrollment is the decline in students from India, a situation other universities across the nation also are addressing. In 2017, out of 695 total international graduate students, there are 612 students from India. This compares with 2,302 students from India in 2016. Factors related to this decline include India’s economic struggles; issues related to obtaining visas to study in the United States; enhanced competition with Canadian and other international institutions; concerns related to safety in the U.S. and federal policies that impact students from overseas.

“Last year our graduate international students made up 57.1 percent of our total graduate student population; this year they only make up 27.5 percent,” Godard said.

President Ambrose and a number of other university faculty and staff members are currently traveling to India, Nepal and Saudi Arabia to further the university’s commitment to international students and alumni, and broaden UCM's model of delivering a worldly perspective to all our students. His visit over a two-week period includes attending a college fair in Hyderabad, meeting with various university administrators and faculty at international institutions, members of major corporations, and UCM alumni in this region.

UCM has made progress in many other student areas, according to the 2017 fall census. Here are just a few examples:

  • The number of black non-Hispanic students increased from 7.7 percent to 8.6 percent of the student population, and Hispanic students climbed from 3.2 percent to 4 percent contributing to a more diverse campus.
  • Out-of-state undergraduate enrollment climbed from 994 to 1,058 students.
  • International undergraduate student enrollment increased from 238 to 249 students.
  • Dual credit/high school students enrolled at UCM climbed from 788 in 2016 to 1,009 this fall. This growth was aided by the university’s Innovation Track programs with area high schools that encourage students to begin their college degrees early to graduate faster and to reduce the cost of their college education.
  • UCM's average ACT score of 22.2 for the past two years, which compares with 21.6 in fall 2012, demonstrates continued progress in recruiting quality students.
  • The incoming freshman class of 2017 includes 47.2 percent first generation students, while 51.5 percent of new transfers are first generation.


President Ambrose said data demonstrates progress toward meeting goals of the university’s degree completion agenda, which contributes to a strong value proposition for students and their families by keeping tuition as low as possible to make a college education more affordable and accessible, while also reducing debt load by helping students to graduate on time. Consistent with these goals, UCM’s tuition has been below the Consumer Price Index for seven consecutive years. UCM is the first institution in Missouri to implement the 15-to-Finish program, which encourages students to take at least 15 hours per semester (30 hours per academic year). Census data shows this initiative is gaining traction with 41.9 percent of the students earning 30 or more hours for the year, up from 29.5 percent in 2011.

The 15-to-Finish program also includes a scholarship for students. The first four-year cohort of UCM students completed the program during the 2016-2017 academic year, and in spring 2017 some 423 students collectively received more than $290,000 their last semester to help reduce the cost of their education.

As UCM continues to build enrollment, Godard stressed the value of aggressively targeting communication to prospective students using traditional marketing efforts, and making one-on-one connections using communication tools that most appeal to them.

“We know the personal touch is important, so our admissions representatives make it a top priority to assign more time on the telephone speaking with students or connecting with them by text messages,” he said. “Among UCM’s selling points are its physical campus and its faculty and staff. As we reach out to high schools, we invite students to visit the university and meet our welcoming faculty and staff firsthand,” Godard said.

MISSOURI INNOVATION CAMPUS (MIC) NEW FACILITY GRAND OPENING

Calling the partnerships leading to the new Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) program and facility a “success,” Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Sept. 5 joined in celebrating the grand opening of the $40 million MIC building at 1101 NW Innovation Parkway in Lee’s Summit. An estimated crowd of about 500 people turned out for the event, which represented a five-year milestone in this innovative program.

The new facility is the product of a higher education-public school partnership, and includes The Missouri Innovation Campus program, a nationally recognized initiative that reshapes the way students experience education; the Lee’s Summit R-7 District’s Summit Technology Academy (STA), a unique high school program that prepares students from 14 metro-area school districts for careers in areas such as engineering, computer science, health care and creative sciences; and UCM-Lee’s Summit, the university’s main off-campus learning facility, offering graduate- and undergraduate-level completion programs to students in the metropolitan area.

The Missouri Innovation Campus program is a progressive collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and UCM. By engaging business partners and community organizations, The MIC offers an accelerated program that shortens the time it takes students to complete a four-year degree. Through The MIC program, students begin their junior year of high school while attending Summit Technology Academy. By approximately the same time they earn a high-school diploma, they will have completed an associate degree from Metropolitan Community College, finishing their four-year bachelor’s degree from UCM two years later. The graduates will also have completed three years of paid internships with prestigious Kansas City metro-area companies, which helps defray the costs of their education. Many students who complete The MIC program land permanent jobs with the companies in which they interned. Read more / Watch video

To track the latest news and events at UCM link to www.ucmo.edu/news.

 

SPRING ENROLLMENT AND HOLDS


Registration for the spring semester begins October 16. Please encourage your student to visit with their advisor to discuss academic and course planning. Registration is prioritized based on hours earned. To view the priority registration schedule, click on the following link: www.ucmo.edu/registrar/dates/enroll.cfm.

Students should register for courses during their enrollment period in order to ensure maximum course availability. Students have been notified and are able to view any holds that will prevent them from registering. Holds must be removed in order to register for the spring semester.

STUDENT PROGRESS REPORT GRADE NOTIFICATIONS - Available at noon on September 26

In an effort to provide feedback to students regarding their academic performance, faculty members have the opportunity to provide Student Progress Reports. Students receiving a deficiency grade are encouraged to visit with their instructor to develop strategies for improvement. The last day to drop a 16-week course with a “W” is Friday, October 20. Students should consult with their advisor and financial aid staff to determine the impact dropping a course may have on their academic progression or financial aid. If a hold exists on your student’s account they will be unable to drop a course themselves and must see their academic advisor for assistance with the drop prior to 5 p.m. on October 20.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

When your student needs extra help with class work, remember that the Learning Commons, located on the third floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, offers free tutoring for over 70 subjects. More information about the Learning Commons, and a tutoring schedule, can be found at: www.ucmo.edu/learningcommons/. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

The Writing Center, located in the Learning Commons, JCKL 3160, offers help with any writing project, from essays and research papers to scholarship applications. Students can either walk-in and meet with a tutor or schedule an appointment.

For students who are U.S. citizens and are first-generation, low-income, or disability-challenged college students, AE’s TRIO-Student Support Services, www.ucmo.edu/ae/trio/, provides free tutoring in many high-risk courses, such as chemistry, physics, algebra, and calculus. In addition, TRIO-SSS organizes small study groups and provides assistance with common computer applications. Your student can come to Lovinger 1130 for more information about TRIO services.

Please remind your son or daughter that some of the best students on campus-- freshmen through graduate students-- regularly take advantage of these excellent academic supports. Without a doubt, the free services found at the Learning Commons, the Writing Center, and the TRIO Center are some of the best bargains on campus.

PEER TO PEER ASSISTANCE WITH ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY COACHES

Is your student struggling with their academics, organization, time management, or uncertain about how to find campus academic resources? If so, we encourage you to have them contact one of the Academic Responsibility Coaches in their residence halls.

Academic Responsibility Coaches are peer mentors who live in the residence halls and have been trained to provide direct assistance and coaching to students with academic concerns. These upper-class students are dedicated to introducing students to a variety of support strategies and tools to boost their academic success, as well as provide ongoing support to their peers through one-on-one contact, group meetings, and programs related to academic skill building.

UCM'S FAMILY ACADEMIC SUPPORT TEAM (FAST) - PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES TO FORM AN ALLIANCE FOCUSED ON THEIR STUDENT’S SUCCESS

   

FAST provides a comprehensive support system for families, empowering them to become more effective partners who are actively engaged in their student’s academic success at UCM.

If you have ANY questions related to your student’s success at UCM, and you aren’t sure who to ask, send your question(s) to the FAST Team: FAST@ucmo.edu. The FAST team administrator will quickly act to get the right FAST Team members involved so you can get your answers . . . FAST!

ENCOURAGING INVOLVEMENT


Classroom education is a priority in your student’s college career, but the learning experience should not stop there. Eighty percent of learning takes place outside the classroom. Becoming an active part of campus life will be one of the most important steps toward making the most of your student’s college career and charting a successful future. Becoming involved in campus activities will help students develop new friendships, get hands-on experience and develop skills such as teamwork, decision making, and time management. Campus groups and organizations can allow students to make a positive impact on the campus and community as well as gain a feeling of accomplishment.

The Office of Student Activities, www.ucmo.edu/osa/, is committed to extending education beyond the classroom by offering students experiences that will be rewarding and enriching to them personally, intellectually, socially, and physically. The experiences they gain through their involvement will stay with them throughout their college years.

HOMECOMING

Homecoming is one of our largest campus and community celebrations of the year. Alumni get excited, coming back to Warrensburg with their families and friends to reconnect with classmates and professors and to see how the university and city have changed. Students get excited, putting the spirit into one of the university’s longest-standing traditions through week-long competitions, the pep rally and parade. Homecoming 2017 activities are scheduled throughout week prior, culminating Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, in two fun-filled days for students, alumni and friends. Check out our website, www.ucmo.edu/homecoming/, to find out more about this year’s Homecoming and the events that are scheduled. If you are an alumni please find us at ucmfoundation.org and get connected!

ALL DAY RESUME HELP

The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, October 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in WDE 1200. This is a great opportunity for students to have their resume reviewed in preparation of the upcoming BIG Fall Career Expo.

BIG FALL CAREER EXPO

The Career Services Center will be hosting the BIG Fall Career Expo on Wednesday, October 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is an excellent time for students to identify opportunities and network with prospective employers who are recruiting for internships and full-time positions in all areas of business, industry, and government. Graduate and professional schools will also be available to discuss their programs and application processes. Approximately 180 employers and graduate schools are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

 

While this is a vital event for juniors and seniors, freshman and sophomore students are also encouraged to attend to become more familiar with the career expo set-up and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/events/expo.cfm.


   

BUSINESS, INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT (B.I.G.) INTERVIEW DAY


Nearly 45 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, October 12 in the Career Services Center, WDE 1200. Students should check their HireRed account to see who will be participating in our BIG Interview Day. Students should visit with these companies at the BIG Career Expo on October 11 in order to secure an interview slot.

THE FAIRS APP

The Career Services Center also encourages students to download the Fairs App to see which employers will be attending the BIG Career Expo, Fall 2017 and the BIG Interview Day. Students will also use this app at the BIG Career Expo event to see where employers are located and what majors they are recruiting for.

Questions? Please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at careers@ucmo.edu.

 

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