Academic Success Units

Success Initiatives

Misty Chandler, Executive Director

Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 345

785-864-2458 | April Blackmon Strange, Director

Serves as a centralized resource for military-affiliated students – veterans, Active Duty/Guard/Reserve service members, spouses, dependents and ROTC students. Provides a variety of services, programs and advocacy for prospective, new and current students. Also offers a full-time Department of Veterans Affairs education and career counselor for veterans and VA benefits users. Provides training and support to faculty and staff who work with military-affiliated students.

Success Operations

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 156

785-864-0553 | Kim LaFever, Director

Coordinates the student success management systems and related technologies of Academic Success designed to engage students and create networks of support embedded in the student experience.  Jayhawk GPS is our primary student success platform that connects students to academic advising, academic support, student resources and class progress. 

Academic Success Navigators

785-864-1218 | | Vacant, Assistant Director

A cross-functional team that helps new and newly admitted Jayhawks find their starting point for success.  Academic Success Navigators serve transfer, degree completion, graduate and online students attending KU Lawrence, KU Edwards, KU at Leavenworth and online learners as well as non-credit students.

Hawk Link 

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 350 | 785-864-7022  

Hawk Link serves as the access point to immediate support and connection for all Jayhawks on the KU Lawrence, Edwards and online campuses. They support to students from orientation to graduation and beyond.

Leavenworth Student & Academic Support

1001 N. 4th Street | Leavenworth, KS 66048 |

The University of Kansas in Leavenworth offers KU coursework that can be completed within 10 months through accelerated programming and flexible class times to fit the busy schedules of working adults and military careers.

Centers for Orientation & Academic Advising Programs

Abby Coffin, Executive Director


Center for Orientation & Transition Programs

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 315


Coordinates orientation and welcome programs designed to familiarize new students and their families with campus resources, connect with other students, faculty, staff, and introduce them to educational and social opportunities at KU

Jayhawk Academic Advising

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 315


Provides comprehensive advising services, including transition and development programs for new and continuing students. Also provides assistance for students regarding major exploration, university policies, and academic probation issues.

University Academic Support Centers

Andrew Shoemaker, Executive Director


Academic Learning Center

1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive | Anschutz Library, Room 424

785-864-7733 | Brianna Hyslop, Senior Associate Director

Offers many services and programs to assist students in their academic success and to enhance their collegiate experience at KU. Choose from course-specific peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic consultations, or group workshops.

KU Writing Center

1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive | Anschutz Library, Room 424

785-864-2399 | Brianna Hyslop, Senior Associate Director

Offers university-wide individual face-to-face and online writing consultations, in-class writing workshops, and special services for faculty and graduate students. The Writing Center also oversees the Writing Fellows program, which supports students through tutors embedded in the class.

Student Access Center

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 22

785-864-4064 | Arika Sprecker, Associate Director

Assists students with disabilities by facilitating accommodations that remove barriers to their academic success. They authorize reasonable and appropriate accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities, assist students in self-advocacy, educate the University of Kansas about disabilities, and ensure compliance with federal and state law.

Career & Experiential Learning


Center for Service Learning

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 150

785-864-0960 | Jomella Watson-Thompson, Director

Fosters teaching, learning, and research experiences that develop civic agency, address social challenges, and cultivate a shared commitment to the public interest.

Center for Undergraduate Research

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 156

785-864-5733 | Alison Olcott, Director

Works with instructors and mentors to develop and promote curricula and models for mentoring; supports students in their development as researchers; and develops programs celebrating undergraduate research at KU.

Office of Academic Programs & Experiential Learning

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 203

785-864-3624 | Millinda Fowles, Director

Partners with academic units to develop and support academic programs designed to help students bridge their learning through curricular and co-curricular experiences. Oversees the First-Year Seminars, KU Common Book, UNIV 101, Learning Communities, and Experiential Learning Certificates.

Office of Fellowships

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 222

785-864-4235 | Erin Wolfram, Administrative Director

Supports KU undergraduate students interested in applying for competitive national scholarships and fellowships. Oversees the campus nomination process for many fellowships including Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall.

University Career Center

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 206

785-864-3624 | Wendy Shoemaker, Director

Provides comprehensive career services for students including career coaching and exploration, the Career Advancement Program (CAP), part-time and off-campus job listings, career fairs, internship information, resume review, mock interviews, job search assistance, on-campus interviews, professional employment opportunities database, career information library, professional clothing closet, workshops, and more.

KU Core 

1450 Jayhawk Blvd. | Strong Hall, Room 133


The KU Core is the university-wide curriculum comprised of three general education goals and three advanced education goals that all incoming undergraduate students will complete as part of their degree requirements. The University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) sets guidelines and has final approval of the elements included in the KU Core.


Jayhawk Blueprint

1300 Sunnyside Ave. | Summerfield Hall, Room 100

785-864-2308 | Erin Wolfram, Coordinator

Jayhawk Blueprint is a partnership between the University of Kansas and the Lawrence Public Schools to offer college courses at a discounted rate in the high schools where college and high school credit is earned simultaneously.