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Kent State University's Major Action Plan assists students in discovering their passions

Terrence Jacobs

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KENT, OH - The University College Exploration Plan's Major Action Plan, or MAP. from Kent State University, helps students from Kent State's Exploratory program discover their future interests suitable for their strengths, passion, and skills.

The MAP program, selected as the 2021 Outstanding Advising Program Award Winner from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, helps students by advising and mentoring them on their future major in university.

Furthermore, Kent State's dedication to continually enhancing its program for first-generation students has resulted in the university being named a 2021-22 First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success.

"Through the application process, it was evident that Kent State is not only taking steps to serve first-generation students, but also is prepared to make a long-term commitment and employ strategies that foster an environment of success for this important population," said Sarah E. Whitley, Ph.D., vice president of the Center for First-generation Student Success.

One of the students who joined this program was Megan Burnett, a Human Development and Family Studies major student who enrolled at Kent State University in 2019. The MAP program has helped her plan her future path to achieve her dreams.

"Without the support of someone to lean on and someone to count on who has my best interest at heart, I honestly would not have found my major or minor without their guidance," Burnett said. "The people are so hardworking. They connect with students."

The staff of Kent State, who dedicated their work to this program, are delighted and honored in helping first-generation students navigate their college life and earn their future degrees.

"Students who are first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree are really resilient students who bring a lot to our university and campus life, and we want to make sure they graduate," said Liz Piatt, Ph.D., assistant dean of academic diversity success, who worked on Kent State's application for the First-gen Forward designation. "Our philosophy is based on the strengths and talents that make them invaluable to our university. We want to celebrate them."

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