The grant will fund the recently launched Academic Guides program, which makes full-time advising and academic support professionals available to students. Using a holistic approach that incorporates an emphasis on well-being and personal development, guides provided through the program will help students navigate the many services offered by the university, including individual advising, learning consultations, long-term academic planning, peer tutoring, testing support, mental health counseling, and stress-management education. While the program currently is virtual, guides will have offices in residence halls once students are able to return to campus.
"Ultimately, students are here to achieve an academic goal," said Kimberly Bethea, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education and director of the Academic Resource Center, which oversees the program. "We can't think of them achieving their academic goals without taking into account their overall well-being. This program allows us to provide more immediate support where we don't normally have it."