Category: Academics

Summer Session 2015 Registration Now Open

By , March 31, 2015 4:52 pm

Summer SessionWhatever your goals are, UMKC Summer Session is a great way to meet them. Whether you’re looking to catch up, make sure you stay on track, or want to graduate in 4 years, UMKC Summer Session 2015 offers flexible scheduling, a variety of classes, online offerings, and in-state tuition for area Kansas students.  Registration is now open for everyone.

Each year Summer Session allows students to complete course credits in over 50 academic areas within many UMKC schools:
• Bloch School of Management
• College of Arts and Sciences
• School of Biological Sciences
• School of Education
• School of Nursing and Health Studies
• School of Computing and Engineering

Check with your academic advisor about summer classes for you. For a full rundown of Summer Session 2015, including registration dates and course lists, visit

Phi Kappa Phi Membership

By , February 24, 2015 4:14 pm

PhiKappaPhiDid You Receive a Membership Invitation to Phi Kappa Phi?

Congratulations on earning an invitation to membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi!  It means you are among the best and brightest that your university has to offer—not just in your chosen field of study, but among all academic disciplines.  The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.  Standards for election are extremely high.  Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of second-semester juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

Because Phi Kappa Phi is highly selective, membership is a stamp of excellence that is recognized by graduate and professional school admissions committees and employers.  UMKC’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 103 is a Chapter of Merit.

Take the RooWriter Assessment

By , February 10, 2015 11:42 am

RooWriterIf you are an undergraduate and plan to enroll for Summer or Fall 2015 in a Writing Intensive course or any class that lists the RooWriter Writing Assessment as a prerequisite, be sure to take the assessment a month before your registration appointment so that you are not blocked by Pathway.

If you plan to graduate in May and have not yet taken the Written English Proficiency Test (WEPT), you need to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment by April 1.

For complete information, see the RooWriter web site at

Everything that you need to know and do is located at the RooWriter web site, including the essay guidelines and expectations.  You can also preview the six Reading Packets to decide which one you want to write about.  The current Reading Packets address topics ranging from women and sports to Kansas City’s Troost Wall to urban sprawl.  When you choose your Reading Packet you will be assigned a prompt or question to respond to.  You then have 72 hours to complete your essay, which means you can work on it, return to it, and get help from the Writing Studio.  After you submit your essay, two evaluators will assess it in six areas, including “Point-Purpose-Idea,” “Clarity and Cohesion,” and “Support-Evidence-Citations.”  Evaluators will also provide comments about the strengths of your essay and any aspects of your writing that you should concentrate on in the future.  To see a sample evaluator report, please click here.

To help you develop your writing and reading skills, you are encouraged to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment more than once during your UMKC undergraduate career.  The RooWriter is a requirement for graduation, and to fulfill that requirement, you should take the RooWriter after you have completed Discourse II or its equivalent and before you have earned 90 hours of undergraduate credit.  It also is required for Writing-Intensive classes and may be required for other classes.

Undergraduate students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from the RooWriter requirement.  The first time that you use the RooWriter Writing Assessment, your student account will be billed $15, but you will not be charged for subsequent assessments.  For more information, contact the Coordinator of Writing Assessment at

Summer Internship Stipend Program

By , February 10, 2015 11:42 am

Roo Career NetworkAre you planning to take an unpaid internship position over the summer, but aren’t sure you can afford to?  The UMKC Career Services Internship Stipend Program allows current UMKC students to receive assistance while working an unpaid internship. The program provides four students with a $4000 stipend to support an unpaid internship of at least 300 hours during the summer semester.

In order to qualify for the stipend, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a UMKC student in good standing and have completed at least 24 college credits
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Have been offered an unpaid internship
  • Complete an application and submit all required documents and materials
  • Preference will be given to undergraduate students
  • Preference will be given to students in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Have never been awarded a UMKC Career Services Internship Stipend


The application deadline for the stipend is April 1, 2015. Any questions you might have can be directed to Erin Christensen at


Make a Plan to Study

By , February 3, 2015 11:23 am

study groupsSo, it’s the start of the third week of classes–how are you doing?  By now, you probably have your routine settled, you know what to expect in each class, and you’re still caught up on all the assignments, right?  Let’s keep it that way!

Take a quick moment to review how each class is going:  now is the time to evaluate whether you have scheduled yourself enough time to study for each class.  You should also consider attending any Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions that may be connected with the class.  Studying in groups is extremely helpful–not only does it create a specific time for you to study, it also gets you active in your learning by giving you opportunities to discuss the course concepts with your classmates.  Even if your class doesn’t have an SI session, get together with your classmates over coffee at the Union or the Library to go over notes, make sure you didn’t miss anything, ask questions about material you didn’t understand, and help each other work through problems and difficult concepts.

Not only should you evaluate if you have enough time allotted to study, but also consider HOW you are studying.  Try rewriting your notes to make sure you really understand why you included what you did in your lecture notes.  Make an outline of the important concepts covered in the textbook.  Double-check your syllabus to stay on track of what you should be reading before class to prepare and after class to review; make note of what you also may need to do in Blackboard to participate in class discussions.  Also make a note of what distracts you while you’re studying–and then minimize those distractions!

Starting good study habits now–at the start of the semester–will reinforce a positive routine and keep you on track and allow you some time to make adjustments in your schedule now.  Got any study tips to share?  Use the comments below to share your success plan!

Spring 2015 Student Success Seminars

By , January 27, 2015 10:00 am

SuccessStudent Success Seminars are quick, one-hour sessions on topics that will help students be better writers, organizers, studiers, and job searchers.  A collaboration between Academic Support & Mentoring, Career Services, MindBody Connection, UMKC Central, the Writing Studio, and the UMKC Libraries, Student Success Seminars are scheduled throughout the semester and cover topics such as resume writing, preparing for the RooWriter, using Library databases, study skills, UMKC resources, and overcoming procrastination.

All seminars are held in the Atterbury Student Success Center, room 222.  Check out the  STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINARS Spring 2015 schedule.

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