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Vol Success Team

This new initiative at the University of Tennessee is a collaboration across divisions to enhance and support our scholars’ first-year experience when transitioning to UT. While it’s an exciting time for you, the scholar, to be joining our Volunteer community, we understand you may have questions and need the extra support and benefit of advocates dedicated to your success.

As a new first-year or transfer scholar at UT, you will be assigned a Vol Success Team – your academic advisor, academic coach, and a One Stop counselor. You are central to the team and you will co-create your UT experience with your Vol Success Team.
Want to know more about who your team is, their roles, and what you need to do as part of the team? The information below describes your team’s roles, but you can also get a detailed overview from Vice Provost Amber Williams by watching this video.

Academic Advisor
Their role is to:​

  • Provide professional advising that assists and engages you early in exploring majors and careers together with your chosen area of study​​

Your role is to:  ​

  • Engage in dialogue with your academic advisor to discuss your goals and build your curriculum and academic plan to determine a realistic pathway​
  • Create a flexible schedule of classes that gives priority to studying and working with outside interests and employment you enjoy​
  • Be honest and creative in thinking about majors, minors, classes, and options

Academic Coach
Their role is to:​

  • Help you maximize your strengths and understand how those strengths contribute to your academic path and personal well-being​
  • Develop semester goals​
  • Create an academic success plan

Your role is to:​

  • Utilize coach expertise and knowledge to hone your skills and enrich your strengths in:​
    • Time management​
    • Study skills​
    • Motivation & goal setting
    • Accessing campus resources such as Center for Career Development, Undergraduate Research, and more

One Stop Counselor
Their role is to:​

  • Provide information about financial aid, student accounts, and enrollment processes and simplify these three areas to make sure you have the right information at the right time​

Your role is to:​

  • Stay active and informed with deadlines, account information, and your financial aid status

It’s a lot of information; don’t worry. You’ll have plenty of time to get to know your Vol Success Team and how you’ll co-create your plan. For now, welcome to Rocky Top!