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Within the Academic Advising program is the Peer Academic Leaders Program (PALs). The Peer Academic Advising program is comprised of Dean's List students who serve as Peer Advisors. This service was created to provide a mutual connection between existing and newly admitted students. Peer Academic Leaders offer support in areas of educational planning, course selection, academic support, and academic information during newly admitted as well as regular students' advising and registration periods. Peer Academic Leaders serve undeclared undergraduate students only and are guided by the AAC PALs Supervisor.

Who are the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)?

The peer academic advising program is coordinated by the Academic Advising Center. It is comprised of Dean's List students who serve as Peer Advisors. This service is created to provide a mutual connection between both existing and newly admitted students. PALs serve as mentors and leaders to the AUK student body.

What is the purpose of this program?

  • Help new students understand AUK's academic advising process.
  • Encourage continuing AUK students to pass on their academic advice and knowledge to newly admitted students.
  • Enhance peer advisors' knowledge on academics, policies and procedures, academic support, and other services related to academic advising offered by the institution.

What services do the PALs provide?

Peer Academic Leaders offer their services to freshman in the areas of:

  • Advising on course selection.
  • Serve as mentors and leaders
  • PALs office hours to assist advisees in need of academic support services
  • Support during other Academic Advising related events

What are the PALs learning outcomes?

Peer advisors will learn…

  • Leadership Skills
  • Mentorship Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Importance of Punctuality/Attendance

What are the rewards and the incentives of this program?

  • Develop resume.
  • Make new friends and relationships among students, staff, and faculty.
  • Get involved in campus life.
  • Improve your own academic success!
  • Belong to a close-knit and supportive team of fellow peer leaders.
  • Achieve high-profile recognition on campus.
  • Become experts in academic advising.
  • Salary of KD 2.5 per hour (all hours are to be approved by PALs Supervisor prior to commitment.)

How can I become a Peer Academic Leader?

You can become a PAL member if you have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Sophomore/Junior level (between 30 – 90 cr. hrs.)
  • Declared major/minor/concentration
  • Commitment to being a Peer Advisor (1 year minimum)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Flexible scheduling hours

For more information on the PALs program contact the AAC at ext. 3241 or email us: aac@auk.edu.kw


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