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Freshman Year @ CSUEB. Sally Murphy Director, General Education and Freshman Year Programs sally.murphy@csueastbay.edu. The Academic Program. Year-long, thematically integrated learning communities Mandatory for all freshmen taking day classes 90 person student cohorts

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freshman year @ csueb

Freshman Year @ CSUEB

Sally Murphy

Director, General Education and

Freshman Year Programs

sally.murphy@csueastbay.edu

the academic program
The Academic Program
  • Year-long, thematically integrated learning communities
  • Mandatory for all freshmen taking day classes
  • 90 person student cohorts
  • Faculty teams of 10
  • All courses meet graduation or general education requirements
learning community design
Learning Community Design
  • All students complete three courses in science, humanities, and/or social science
  • All students take three quarters of freshman seminar
  • All students take Information Literacy and Communication courses
  • Almost all students take some level(s) of composition courses
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LC example: Science, Technology & Society

Fall

  • Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology (B)ALL STUDENTS
  • Composition 801 (low dev.), 910 (intermediate dev.),

1001 with 989 (high dev.),

1001 (A2)(baccalaureate)

student distribution by test placement

  • Public Speaking (A1)33% OF STUDENTS
  • Information Literacy (G4)33% OF STUDENTS
  • Freshman Seminar (G1)ALL STUDENTS
freshman seminar
Freshman Seminar
  • Fall: College success skills
    • University resources
    • Goal setting and time management
    • Study skills and techniques
    • Working with others in groups
    • Using campus technology
    • Test-taking preparation and performance
    • Beginning an electronic portfolio
    • Advising
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Freshman Seminar
  • Winter: Pathways to graduation
    • Goal setting and planning for graduation
    • Connecting with Majors
    • Connecting with the Career Development Center
    • Financial Literacy
    • Connecting with faculty
    • Connecting with students
    • Continuing an electronic portfolio
    • Advising
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Freshman Seminar
  • Spring: Connecting the pieces
    • Service and civic learning experiences
    • Revising learning plans
    • Reflecting on the first year of college
    • Completing the electronic portfolio
    • Advising
    • Exuviae! A celebration of student work
advising
Advising
  • The freshman program faculty & staff serve as advisors for all incoming freshmen
    • Quarterly group advising
    • Individual advising
  • Early Alert
    • Tracking students before they get in trouble
  • This year: intrusive advising for non-EOP freshman exception admits
making social connections
Making Social Connections
  • CSUEB’s Freshman Year Experience
    • Book connection
    • Freshman Convocation
    • Social activities (collaborating with Student Life, Athletics, ASI, Student Clubs & Orgs)
      • Movies at the Agora
      • Halloween party
      • Kite flying
      • Massage & Yoga (mid-term & finals weeks)
      • Flag Football, & etc.
markers of success
Markers of Success
  • 84% retention from first to second year
  • 1% of freshmen academically disqualified at year’s end (CSU system average 10%)
  • 65% complete baccalaureate composition course (~ 55% need developmental comp) in first year