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.

Spring Instructions

  • Click here to complete the application.
  • Click here to read and complete the UCAN contract.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation on Wednesday, January 10, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. on Zoom.
  • Attend and successfully complete your classes, including the UCAN Seminar, a one hour non-credit seminar.
  • Interview with the program director, Mr. Marvin Williams, to be accepted into the UCAN Program. Interviews will be conducted on Zoom from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., January 4-6th. If these times do not work for you, please email marvinw@uca.edu to schedule an appointment. Please submit the application and the UCAN contract prior to your interview. Interviews will be conducted on a first come first served basis. Click here to enter the Zoom waiting room for an interview.

If we to fail to hear from during the interview period, YOUR SCHEDULE WILL BE PURGED!


UCAN Newsletters and Reports  

See past newsletters and reports here.

Former UCAN Students

Kayley Taylor

“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!”                                     

Cassandra Lumsey


After graduation, I landed a job at HP. I worked there for almost two years. Now, I am working at the new Baptist Health Medical Center in Conway as a Patient Rep.        

Taylor Hendrix


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