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Cornerstone Program


The Mission of the Cornerstone Program is to provide academic assistance to newly admitted students in their transition to Western Kentucky University. To expose students to the educational resources that will enhance and aid them in their educational success.

What is the Cornerstone Program?

The Cornerstone Program is a retention initiative at Western Kentucky University for under-prepared students with two or more college readiness courses. The program facilitates the adjustment to college, allowing students to successfully matriculate and succeed academically in order to graduate. The program introduces students to available academic resources that are needed to enhance their success and enrich their college experience. The program helps students develop interdependent relationships with appropriate campus resources, while providing direction and guidance to those who are entering college for the first time.

The Program will:

·         Provide Peer Advising

·         Direct students to academic and community resources

·         Provide students with general academic information

·         Help students develop skills needed to be successful in college

o   Decision-Making Skills

o   Time Management Skills

o   Study Skills

·         Help students clarify their educational goals and objectives by exploring Majors and Minors

·         Explore career options with students

·         Direct students to engagement activities on campus

·         Provide strategies for academic improvement and class attendance

·         Provide students with increased interaction with faculty and staff

Throughout each semester, representatives from various departments on campus will present informational sessions and workshops that will explain and clarify different aspects of the university. These informational sessions and workshops take place at South Campus. Faculty will be encouraged to have their students attend. Some of the suggested topics may include:

·         Study skills                            

·         Financial Aid

·         Career Options                                   

·         Time Management

·         Policy and Procedures

Participants of Cornerstone Program

Students who are part of the Cornerstone Program, which is encompassed by the School of University Studies, are strongly encouraged to participate in all aspects of the program. The program will have a prescribed set of activities designed to enhance student academic performance. Students in the program are required to complete all program activities listed below:

·         Sign a learning contract/or agreement

·         Attend Orientation Sessions and Academic Transitions Program(ATP)

·         Enroll in regular or developmental courses (approved)

·         Participate in Academic Advising

·         Participate in Peer Advising (5 times a semester to discuss classes, assignments, attendance and grades)

·         Participate in tutoring

·         Attend prescribed outside classroom activities

·         Maintain good academic standing

·         Student will be required to sign-in or swipe-in for tutoring/study hours, information sessions and workshops. (4 hours per week are required)

Purpose of a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors are members of the Student Support Programs team that assist students with their transition to Western Kentucky University. The Peer Mentors serve as a role model, resource guide, and academic support while aiding students in understanding university policies and procedures, which will help increase first year student success. 

Contact: Carlous Yates

Director of Student Support Programs




Denise Smith

Cornerstone Program Coordinator



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 Last Modified 4/18/16