The Keker Common Experience program is a holistic student success program designed to help first-year students transition to academic life at UNC Greensboro. This high impact practice instills a multi-faceted approach to student success and development to empower students with the tools and skills needed to find their way here.

 

Each first year student receives a Keker Success Guide created by a nationally-renowned author in the field of college student development. UNCG faculty and staff work collaboratively to tailor this guide to the Spartan experience to provide a customized and valuable learning tool.

First year students have the opportunity to meet and hear from the author of the Keker Success Guide during a campus visit in the fall. The author hosts a variety of presentations and workshops, to engage with first year students and the campus community.

Throughout the academic year, first year students have the opportunity to engage in a series of collaborative programs focused on student success. Various campus partners across UNCG’s campus develop and facilitate these programs to help first year students take initiative and begin taking steps toward their future success. 

First year students have the opportunity to reflect on their Keker Common Experience by competing in an essay competition to demonstrate their personal growth and academic success throughout their first year. The winning essay will be incorporated in the future year’s Keker Success Guide.

  1. Connect to the UNC Greensboro Community
    As a result of this program, students will connect with UNC Greensboro’s many people, programs, and resources to understand how they can help them succeed.
  2. Foster Academic Success
    As a result of this program, students will engage in active learning strategies to improve critical thinking and academic success skills.
  3. Engage in Personal & Professional Development
    As a result of this program, students will develop a stronger sense of self-awareness through self-exploration and reflection.
  4. Cultivate Spartan Pride
    As a result of this program, students will cultivate a sense of Spartan Pride and affinity for UNCG.

During NAV1GATE: New Student Convocation and Rawkin’ Welcome Week, 4000 Keker Success Guides were distributed to first-year students. The Keker Success Guide includes the reflection worksheets and an academic planner in addition to content specific to UNCG curated by the Keker Common Experience Team, which is comprised of staff from across campus.

If you are a first-year student and you have not received your copy of the Keker Success Guide, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

The author of the Keker Success Guide, Jullien Gordon, will be visiting UNCG! All first-year students are invited to join us for Jullien’s evening presentations in Cone Ballroom on October 23rd and 24th at 7:00PM, doors open at 6:30PM. There will be a meet and greet following each presentation. 

Jullien Gordon is a 6-time author, 4-time TEDx speaker, and has been featured on MSNBC, Forbes, and INC for his annual New Year Guide life and career visioning tool which has helped thousands of his entrepreneurial and professional students discover their Life’s Work and create more happy hours in their lives.

He has spoken at over 100 colleges nationwide and his corporate clients include the likes of PepsiCo, JPMorgan Chase, Daimler, Johnson & Johnson, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  

Jullien’s vision is a world where everyone has a team. As CEO of The Freedom School, Jullien is creating a global movement of purpose and passion-driven individuals who are ready to take action to create a more purposeful, passionate, and profitable personal and professional life.

Jullien earned his MBA and M. Ed. from Stanford and his BA from UCLA in 3 years. He gives his time and money as a member of the Board of Directors of BUILD, a non-profit that teaches the entrepreneurial mindset to high schoolers in urban communities nationwide. Jullien is originally from Oakland, California and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana with his family.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

Each month during the school year, students will have at least four opportunities to attend various programs that align with the Keker Common Experience objectives: Connect to UNCG, Foster Academic Success, Engage in Personal & Professional Development, and Cultivate Spartan Pride. These programs will also fulfill a variety of domains on the Co-Curricular Transcript.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

As first-year students are engaging with the Keker Success Series and utilizing their Keker Success Guide, they will be encouraged to reflect on and articulate their personal growth and academic success by competing in an essay competition. The winning essay will be incorporated in the future year’s success guide. 

There are 6 requirements:

  • Attend at least four Keker Success Series programs, one in each of the four categories
  • Attend a Keker Speaker Visit
  • Complete scholarship essay. 

The Keker Common Experience Team will review essays and award two scholarships worth $1000 and $500. 

The essay prompt will be released in January 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.

If you are interested in receiving a Keker Success Guide, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu. Additional guides will be given first come, first serve!

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu.