Adrian McCleary, Assistant Director of the University Studies Program, was born in the Bronx and attended school in New York. The first job he ever held was as a grocery store clerk. Although Adrian originally thought he wanted to be an elementary school teacher, he pursued an undergraduate degree in Communications and worked as a radio station board operator and announcer during and after college. He then pursued a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and secured his first professional job as an Academic Advisor at University of Connecticut, where he discovered that his passion was working with undeclared students.  Adrian was drawn to Delaware because of its central location and easy access to Philadelphia, DC and NYC.

Adrian, whose family’s country of origin is Jamaica, is a UConn basketball fanatic – GO HUSKIES! – and never eats bagels because “it’s not a good use of carbohydrates!”



Lys Murray is an academic advisor for the University Studies Program and the Assistant Director for the Office of Academic Enrichment at UD’s Center for Academic Success. Her undergraduate major was in Choral Music Education. Lys told us that her first job after college was as a 6th-8th grade choir director: “I did that for a few years, but decided that teaching in the schools (especially middle school!) was not for me. I found a job as an administrative assistant and did that type of work until I found my passion here at UD, working with college students. My Master’s degree in Individual & Family Studies helped me to move up to my current position.” In her free time, Lys is still very active in the music world, where she sings in UD’s Schola Cantorum and directs other choirs when the opportunity arises. Lys said, “I had a great education in music, and it has had a profound effect on my life. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Student-to-Student Advice

Follow what you’re most interested in and you can’t go wrong. If you don’t excel at what you like, you might have to think of another way to work that interest into your life but maybe not choose it as a major.

I knew what I wanted to do for a career but I was not sure on how to get there, so I asked my advisor a lot of questions. The undeclared advisors are very knowledgeable.

Everybody has their opinion about what to do when you get to college – join a club! Be involved! Go out every weekend! Don’t sit in your room! But not everybody is that social or energetic. Don’t get too isolated, but follow your own intuition about how much you want to do on campus besides go to classes.


In the Know: Academic Probation and Dismissal

Students who have been notified by the University that their dismissal is pending due to poor academic performance should attend the Academic Difficulty meeting at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 8 in room 006 Kirkbride.

Academic standing refers to a student’s grade status at the University. Students who are in “good academic standing” have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.  An undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA. below 2.0 is placed on academic probation provided the quality point deficit is less than 13.00.

Quality hours refer to the number of credit hours you are enrolled in for a regular grade (not including pass/fail or audit status). Quality points are determined by the number of credit hours completed multiplied by the grades received for those course hours. Reviewing the chart available at may be helpful for understanding how quality (positive) and deficit (negative) points are calculated.

Deficit points are a numerical representation of the severity of a student’s probationary status. Small numbers mean that the student is very close to a 2.0; a larger number means that a student is approaching academic dismissal.  Students on academic probation can use the quality deficit point chart to estimate how many courses need to be taken, and what grades need to be earned, in order to decrease deficit points, reach a 2.0 GPA, and achieve good academic standing.