UCAN – Unlocking College Academics Now

The UCAN program – “Unlocking College Academics Now” – helps students facing a first academic suspension improve their grade point average and thereby continue their education. The program meets this goal by helping these students identify their individual academic needs and then develop skills to meet their academic goals. To meet these goals, the UCAN program (supported by the Office of Student Success) offers students the opportunity to remain in school during their first suspension, rather than sitting out two consecutive semesters.

The deadline to participate in the fall program has passed. The registrar’s office notified eligible students in May following the spring semester. If you failed to respond to the email, your fall schedule has been purged. Interviews were June 12-16th. Make up interviews were in July. To see if there are still availabilities, you can:

Click here to complete the application/agreement form.

Contact Marvin Williams at marvinw@uca.edu

No one will be considered after the orientation on August 21st at 9:00 a.m.

UCAN Newsletters and Reports  

See past newsletters and reports here.

Former UCAN Students


Richard Kearney

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I hope you are doing well. I am a former UCAN participant at the University of Central Arkansas. I wanted to reach out to let you know how BLESSED I was to have you as an advisor during that time. UCAN taught me a plethora of tools and resources that helped me not only graduate from UCA but thrive as a professional. I am proud to say I now work in Student Success and Retention at Morgan State University. When giving my testimony, I often refer to you, Mr. Williams, as a quintessential reason I made a shift in my approach to education. I needed someone with your energy, charisma, and overall kindness. 

Kaley Taylor
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“First off, I want to say thank you! I bet you’re wondering why? I am one of your UCAN seminar students from 2010 at UCA. I wanted to email you to tell you how much I appreciate your leadership in the UCAN program. You told me week after week “you can” when I was failing all of my classes. That program gave me a second chance to push through and finish my degree. I can now say I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree as well as a Master’s of Arts in Teaching. I have been teaching high school and middle school science for 5 years now and today I start my Doctorate of Education program. As I reflected on my journey of when I was a single mother and a struggling college student, you were one of the men in my life that told me I could do it. So I did it, Mr. Williams!”        

 UPDATE: I finished the Doctor of Educational Leadership program and had commencement over the weekend. Throughout the program, I kept your words of encouragement in the back of my head- YOU CAN! 

Kaley's graduation picture            

   Taylor Hendrix

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Thank you for reaching out! The UCAN program helped me realize that I needed to step back and re-evaluate what I was doing. I took time off school and worked as a server. I’m currently on my way to take my final exam for the last class of my Associates degree, which I am transferring to Winthrop University in South Carolina to finish my Bachelors! The UCAN program really gave me a wake up call to really look at where I was in life and what I needed to do to better myself. Thank you!!                                                                          

Student Success Coordinator and Program Director

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