Get To Know: Kimberly Jacobson, Academic Achievement Specialist

Kimberly Jacobson is diving into her new duties as Nebraska Wesleyan’s academic achievement specialist, a position that is new to the university.

“I am focusing on increasing the chances for students to become successful at the University,” said Jacobson.

NWU recognized the need for this position in order to help optimize success for students.

Jacobson completed her graduate degree in sociology and her master’s degree in guidance counseling from the University of Nebraska-Kearney before earning her school administration certification from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jacobson brings a great deal of experience in working with students. Prior to accepting this position, she worked as a high school guidance counselor for seven years and a middle school principal for four years in Crete.

“I really enjoyed the guidance side by helping high school students choose colleges, but I am eager to help students become successful beyond college,” she said.

Some of the students Jacobson works with are recommended by faculty, but she is eager to help any student on their path to success, both during college and after graduation.

“I work with students to identify goals and focus on skill development, including study skills, organizational skills, and time management, based on the students’ needs,” said Jacobson.

She has set both short and long term goals for this position. She plans to provide support for both referred students and for those who are not necessarily seeking help. She has been working with the Cooper Center to seek students who could use assistance in other areas of skill development.

“One of my goals is to identify what sources of assistance are already present on campus and increase the awareness of these resources by making them more readily available,” she said. “I plan to evaluate how we, as the University, can make our support resources more accessible and easier for students to utilize.”

Farther into the future, Jacobson would ideally like to see the development of a student success center where students can receive help for anything. Departmental tutors could be included in the center. She’s also interested in capitalizing on resources provided by peer tutors, community volunteers and alumni.

Jacobson’s office is located in room 304 in the Cooper Center. Her hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. She can be reached at kjacobso@nebrwesleyan.edu or call x2458.

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Get To Know: Kimberly Jacobson, Academic Achievement Specialist