The Parker-Adams Year is a freshman learning community for students designed to integrate classroom and residential experiences. Essentially, students study and live in a community that focuses primarily on academic achievement, but also encourages leadership, service learning, and engagement in both the University and Tuscaloosa communities. Students in this program become knowledgeable about campus resources, participate in campus events, and develop successful academic competencies.
Students have the option to live with other Parker-Adams participants in Harris Hall although it is not mandatory to live in Harris as a Parker-Adams Participant.
Faculty and staff are specifically appointed to advise and support Parker-Adams students through a mentorship program. This allows Parker-Adams students get to know and spend time with their faculty. Dr. Larry Bowen, a Math professor and former Associate Director for the Center for Academic Success, is the faculty in residence at Harris Hall who provides invaluable guidance. Student Fellows who have completed the program are also available to provide peer advisement and encouragement. The Housing staff includes student Resident Assistants and a Graduate Assistant Director that manage the facility, uphold policies and provide socials and programming in the hall.
The first year in a student’s college career is extremely important, and the Parker-Adams Program is designed to help students succeed!
Take a look at what the Parker-Adams Program can do for you below!