CU gives students an opportunity to get ahead in college

CU gives students an opportunity to get ahead in college

Aug. 12, 2011
For Immediate Release

Students who completed the Summer Education Experience (SEE) program are from left: Front row -- Autumn McKinley of Somerset, Ky.; Jamal Daniel of Dickson, Tenn.; Darius Skinner of Winchester, Ky.; Logan Graham of Campbellsville, Ky.; Mikie Moore of Inez, Ky.; Laura Morris of Franklin, Ky.; and Monique Powell of Elizabethtown, Ky. Back row -- Brittany Perry of Berry, Ky.; Amber Harper of Albany, Ky.; Stanisha Hughes of Campbellsville, Ky.; Ciera Allen of Bardstown, Ky.; and Brandon Couch of Middlesboro, Ky. (Campbellsville University Photo by Christina Kern)

By Christina L. Kern, office assistant

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Campbellsville University gave 12 students the experience of getting ahead in their college career even before starting their freshman year.

Twelve incoming freshmen participated in the Summer Educational Experience (SEE) which gives students the opportunity to grow academically and socially, according to Kevin Propes, assistant dean of academic support.

The three-week program prepares incoming freshmen for the fall semester with time spent studying English, math and university success skills. Adjunct instructors teach the classes.

A total of 41 students applied for the program this year.

“SEE is an important program because it gives these students a jump start on their college career. They get to experience a small taste of classes, living on campus and college life before school starts,” Propes said. “The students are able to brush up on their skills and become much better prepared academically to start college.”

Logan Graham of Campbellsville said, “The SEE program is amazing. I learned so much, met great people and always had fun, but I worked hard. I didn’t let anything get in the way of school work.”

At the beginning of the summer program, each student takes a placement test. At the end of the program, students retake the placement test. Based on their test results and work in the classroom, students can test out of a course they were required to take in the fall and move on to the next course, Propes said.

Graham tested out of all classes which puts him another semester ahead of where he would have been without the SEE program.

Graham said is now looking forward to starting his major, pre-physical therapy, and meeting new friends once the semester begins.

Amber Harper of Albany, Ky. also tested out of all the courses. She said the SEE program gave her a chance to live college life ahead of other freshmen who will be arriving in a few weeks. “I’m more prepared for college life in the fall,” Harper said. “I know where everything is and have a better understanding of college life at CU.”

Harper plans to major in biology and play flute in the Tiger Marching Band.

Brandon Couch of Middlesboro, Ky. said the SEE program helped refresh him on basic courses like English and math, and get him ready for his first year at college.

Couch plans to major in pre-engineering and play football.

SEE began in 2003 with a grant from The Van Lunen Foundation. Campbellsville University has been funding the program since 2006. This year two $500 scholarships were provided by the Cralle Foundation.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is

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