Programs

Center for Student Learning and Development

Martin Luther King Jr. Academy

The Martin Luther King Jr. Academy is a four-tier comprehensive program designed to offer academic, social and professional development services that assist program participants from their first year at Western Michigan University through graduation. Each tier is designed to address particular developmental milestones associated with that phase of a student's matriculation.

For more information, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy.

Mentoring for Success Program

The Mentoring for Success Program is a peer mentoring program designed to promote program participants' success at Western Michigan University through increased acceptance rates into participants' intended majors and increased college graduation rates. The program is geared toward achieving specific academic and developmental goals that are focused on participants' overall development. Peer mentors provide undergraduate students in the target population academic support through one-on-one and small-group mentoring sessions, during which they may tutor, facilitate discussions, help students locate resources, and promote academic and life skills development.

The  program strives to ensure that all program participants are given the full opportunity to discover and develop their talents, interests, and unique potential, and to provide a learning-centered and student-centered environment that presents the context for intellectual, cultural, professional, and personal growth during the college experience. Program participants will learn to become an independent, confident learner and develop good study habits and time management skills that will enhance their education and college experience, as well as to enable them to achieve a post-secondary degree.

Funding for this program is provided by the State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency's King-Chávez-Parks Initiative and the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, visit the Mentoring for Success Program.

College Assistance Migrant Program

The purpose of the Western Michigan University College Assistance Migrant Program is to provide academic and financial support to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their children in successfully completing their first undergraduate year at the University and continuing in their post-secondary education. The program provides students with academic assistance, tutoring, career counseling, financial assistance, leadership development, and personal and group counseling. Program participants also receive follow-up services after successful completion of their first year.

The College Assistance Migrant Program at WMU is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education.

For more information, visit the College Assistance Migrant Program.

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society is a member of the National Association of College Honor Societies. Mu Omicron was initiated at Western Michigan University in 1989, and it is the only chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu in the State of Michigan. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society is to promote high scholarship, to encourage sincere and zealous endeavors in all fields of knowledge and service, and to develop an appreciation for scholarly work and the scholarly endeavors in others. Alpha Kappa Mu's activities include sponsoring scholarly speakers, participating in the National Undergraduate Research Conference, and attending regional and national conferences and conventions.

For more information, visit the National AKM Society.

Center for Pre-College Initiatives

Michigan GEAR UP Program

The Michigan GEAR UP Program's mission is to provide an opportunity for students enrolled in targeted schools to discover first hand, the potential of a college education and to expose students to the information, knowledge and skills they need to complete high school and prepare them adequately for college entry and success. The program partners with Michigan's 15 public higher education institutions, Michigan Department of Treasury, and Partnership for Learning to target and provide services to 38 public secondary school districts and 77 school buildings throughout Michigan. The goal is to improve the entry into post-secondary education of students from the targeted areas.

The Michigan GEAR UP Program is a collaboration between Western Michigan University, the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, visit Michigan GEAR UP.

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

The Upward Bound Program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, visit Upward Bound.

Michigan Campus Compact

The Michigan Campus Compact program is funded by the MCC College Positive Communities Grant, the Division of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The program engages Western Michigan University students in service-learning opportunities that address issues of college access for all youth and families in the southwest Michigan area. A partnership has been established between the University community and the local community in order to provide families in the community with information to ensure an understanding of the process and preparation for a post-secondary education. The goal of the program is to ensure that participants are aware of the application process forth Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship and subsequently have access to post-secondary education upon graduation.

For more information, visit the Michigan Campus Compact.