In our continuous pursuits of increasing enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates of African American students, the African American Academic Network Student Engagement/Programming unit utilizes effective practices that focus on implementing meaningful activities that are related to learning and personal development. Our programmatic activities range in scope from pre-collegiate preparation to post-baccalaureate pursuits (i.e. career exploration, professional training, graduate/professional/doctorate degree, etc.). The Student Engagement unit believes that the very act of being engaged adds to the foundation of skills and dispositions that are essential for thriving here at UIC but also living a productive and satisfying life after college. Our programming can be summed up into three categories:
- Leadership and Post College Success provides programming designed to inform and prepare upper class students of career and professional school opportunities as they move closer toward graduation from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The goals of Leadership and Post College Success are to:
- Provide undergraduates with a comfortable place to explore their post-college interests.
- Assist in providing undergraduate students with the necessary tools and information for attainment of their long-range educational goals; and
- Connect undergraduate students with various units and campus resources to facilitate their career and graduate school exploration.
- College Transitions and Persistence assists new students in completing a smooth transition from their previous institutions to UIC through academic counseling appointments designed to assess new students and their academic interests as well as career interests. College Transitions and Persistence also participates in new student orientations and host campus visits for student groups and community organizations.
- Academic Enrichment provides programming aimed at enhancing students’ academic prowess by pairing students with a peer tutor who will help the student focus on areas of weakness that need improvement as well as continue to develop their strong areas.