In 2020, UCF launched the PeerKnights Coaching Program which recruits students to help fellow students by providing comprehensive support, engagement and resources to undergraduates, both in person and virtually. General and specialized peer coaching options meet the individual needs and interests of students.
“We know that when students have academic support, they are more likely to complete their degree program,” says Theodorea Regina Berry, vice-president of student learning and academic achievement (SLAS) and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies. “We created the PeerKnights program to introduce them to a fellow student who will share their experiences and help them engage in academic and social activities. “
Once a student signs up for the PeerKnights coaching program, they are matched with a peer coach who will help them develop a personalized plan to make the most of their time at UCF. By meeting with the same coach, they will establish a relationship that will help the student stay on track and make the necessary changes.
To provide the best advice to students, SLAS has coaches trained in several key areas:
Versatile FTIC, transfer and PeerKnights Coaches provide one-on-one coaching on a variety of topics, including navigating UCF, discovering educational resources and services, and identifying opportunities for academic and social engagement. To facilitate student success, students will meet with the same coach throughout the school year.
HIP PeerKnights coaches help students engage high impact practices such as internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research. Coaches participate in these types of programs and will help students explore options and get involved.
Major exploration PairKnights coaches, part of the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center, understand that declaring or changing a major can seem intimidating. They were once in this position. Drawing on their experiences, coaches will help undeclared students and those exploring majors identify their interests, goals and strengths and select an area of study.
Pre-graduated PeerKnights, part of Academic advancement programs, help students navigate the graduate study preparation and application process.
To help students understand the program and encourage them to participate, Student Learning and Academic Success will organize information sessions from October 4 to 8.
Students can also email [email protected] with questions about the program and to make an appointment.