Strategic Outreach Initatives

University College believes it is important to establish formal strategic relationships to serve students as they travel along their educational journey. Our Strategic Outreach Initiatives unit provides a structural connection for a variety of signature programs—Achieve Atlanta, Coca-Cola Scholars and Thrive. Programming is in place to enrich the academic success, improve retention, and strengthen engagement of targeted student populations. Building on University College’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion as a vital part of student success, key populations served include first-generation students, veterans, nontraditional students, under-served groups, and students from rural/urban locations. The goal of the unit is to recruit, retain, and provide academic support services and co-curricular programming that will result in degree completion.

    • Linda Lyons

      Linda Lyons, Ed.D.

      Director of Strategic Outreach & Diversity Initiatives 

      Responsible for daily oversight of the college’s strategic planning process, diversity initiatives, as well as oversee University College’s student outreach programs such as Coca-Cola Scholars, Thrive, and Achieve Atlanta. Dr. Lyons is an Associate Professor of Education and has published on the scholarship of teaching and learning that is germane to multicultural education. Her research concentration examines intercultural competence in higher education through a collaborative approach with campus constituents and other stakeholders when developing and executing cultural awareness curriculum and co-curricular initiatives.