Your Academic Success

By , August 30, 2022 4:39 pm

Welcome to the Fall 2022 semester!  I trust your first week is going well and you are geared up for an exciting and rewarding semester.  For this first resource message of the semester, I want to focus on your academic success at UMKC and the programs and services available to you (please keep this message for future reference).

Keys to Your Academic Success:

  • Review your course syllabus carefully for due dates, grading rubrics, attendance policies, and other important course-related information. 
  • Need a tutor?  Learn more about Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, Roo Up Seminars, and the Writing Studio offered by Academic Support and Mentoring.
  • If you need academic access accommodations, contact UMKC Student Disability Services at 816-235-5696.
  • The University Libraries have many resources to help you excel—including study spaces, computer labs, and helpful librarians.
  • Curious about undergraduate research opportunities?  Drop by the Miller Nichols Learning Center on September 1 from 10am-2pm for a poster symposium with students who completed unique research projects over the summer with a grant from the Undergraduate Research Office.  Learn more and apply for your own research grant (deadline is Sept 16)!
  • Prepare for your future career now by visiting with UMKC Career Services or Bloch Career Center.  
    • Activate your Handshake account for access to career resources.
    • Keep an eye out for career recruiting events, such as the upcoming Industry Fair for Business, Science, and Engineering on September 15 from 10am-2pm at Swinney Recreation Center.  Learn more and register here.
  • For technology issues and help setting up your email account, contact the Information Services Technology Support Center at 816-235-2000.  For questions about Canvas, call 816-235-6700. 
    • All official communications are made through the University’s email system and all use of University email and technology must adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Questions about your academic program
    • Meet with the academic advisor for your Major Academic Path (MAP) at Roo Advising.
    • Review your degree requirements in the UMKC Catalog.
    • Keep track of important registration deadlines in the Academic Calendar.
  • Review your rights and responsibilities regarding academic conduct and other campus policies and resources in the Student Handbook.

Best of luck for a successful and productive semester.  I am so glad you are here!

Michele D. Smith, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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