The University of Delaware's NUCLEUS
academic support program, which continues to expand in size and
services, welcomed 124 students to its annual open house this month.
Just three years ago, the program began the academic year with a
total UD membership of 83 students and a focus on underrepresented
students majoring in the sciences, particularly the life sciences. Now,
two years after a move to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and an expansion to serve students in a variety of majors, NUCLEUS has some 416 members — 165 of them new this year.
"We're about serving all students and supporting student success,"
said Rosalind Johnson, assistant dean for student success in the
college's Undergraduate Academic Services office. "We have an engaged
group of students, and they know that we're here to support them and
that we're expecting them to succeed."
The open house this year was somewhat different from similar events
held in the past, Johnson said, with the changes put in place
deliberately to reinforce the way the expanded NUCLEUS operates. The
event was held earlier in the school year than usual, representatives
from offices and programs across campus attended to speak and informally
mingle with the students, and the meeting place was the new
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, or ISE Lab.
"We were excited to have the open house in this cutting-edge academic
building," Johnson said. "We see our program as also representing the
direction that higher education is taking."
Those attending the event to speak with students included CAS Dean
George Watson, Provost Domenico Grasso, Deputy Provost Nancy Brickhouse
and representatives from programs including Undergraduate Research,
Study Abroad, Service Learning, Career Services, McNair Scholars, the
INBRE/EPSCoR research consortiums, Office of Academic Enrichment,
University Studies and the Honors Program.