You may be thinking, "I want to ease into college. I'll start off with 12 hours before taking a heavier load."
But the reality is that UMKC students who start with 12 hours rarely increase their course load in later semesters. Their plans to graduate in four years are derailed after just one semester.
UMKC students who take 15 hours per semester in their first year are twice as likely to graduate in four years. The longer you stay in college, the more likely it is you will quit without ever earning a degree. What a waste of time and money!
There is a huge sense of accomplishment in finishing a degree in four years. Setting a graduation goal and realizing it sets the stage for future success.
When you spend extra semesters in college, you lose out on the full-time salary you could earn as a college graduate. Meanwhile, college debts accumulate.
After four years, you risk being left behind while your friends move on to their careers or graduate school. Don't make a career out of being an undergraduate.
Log on to UMKC Connect through Blackboard to set appointments with your adviser, see a list of "to do's," view key support services for your classes and more.
This tool allows you to see clearly which classes you need to take, and when.
UMKC offers free support services for student success. You can join a study group, get help with time management and study skills, find a tutor, and speak with a counselor.
When you commit to 15 credit hours, your aid package may be increased to support that commitment.
Ask your student whether classes are going well and if academics are on track. Help problem-solve if issues arise. Be aware of university deadlines and mention them to your student.
UMKC can help students with study groups, tutors, time management counseling and more.
Encourage your student to follow the major maps and to take general education classes early. If additional support is needed direct your student to an academic advisor.
Students need to know that you believe in their abilities and are proud of their academic efforts.