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 Student Success Services) offers students the opportunity to remain in school during their first suspension, rather than sitting out two consecutive semesters.

Student Success Coordinator and Program Director – Mr. Marvin Williams

Fall Instructions

 If you are eligible, you would have received an email from the registrar’s office. Please indicate on the application/agreement form IF you plan to take summer classes. In order for a student who is on first suspension for spring 2024 to take summer classes, they have to sign up for the fall 2024 UCAN Program.  Once a student submits the application and indicates they plan to take summer classes, the student will be allowed to register themselves into summer classes. The only way the student can attend UCA in the fall is to participate in the fall UCAN Program (regardless of their summer academic standing outcome). If you fail to indicate your plan to take summer classes, your summer schedule will be deleted.  If we fail to hear from you during the interview period (June 5-20), your fall schedule will be deleted. 

  • Click here to complete the application/agreement form. Please submit prior to your interview.
  • Interview with the program director on Zoom. Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation on Monday, August 19, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Attend and successfully complete your classes, including the UCAN Seminar, a one hour non-credit seminar.

Former UCAN Students 

Richard Kearney

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. 


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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!

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!


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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!!

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