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Freshman Programs: A successful Collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Facilitating Graduation point 4, Strengthened Support for both General Education and Life/Career Goal Clarification for Lower Division Students
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Freshman Programs: A successful Collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs • Facilitating Graduation point 4, Strengthened Support for both General Education and Life/Career Goal Clarification for Lower Division Students • Facilitating Graduation point 11, Adoption of Strategies for Student Success and Learning Support.
California State University, Sacramento • Greg Wheeler, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, email@example.com, 916-278-7466 • Beth Merritt Miller, Director of Academic Advising & Career Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 916-278-87840
Collaboration • Since 1999 the Division of Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs have grown a powerful partnership to support the Freshman Programs we offer. A combination of advising and peer mentoring, primarily supervised in Student Affairs supports the 25 University Learning Communities and 64 Freshman Seminars offered by Academic Affairs.
Collaboration • Both faculty and staff teach in the programs and a vigorous in-service program has been developed to strengthen the quality and coherence of the offerings. There are now approximately 2400 students involved.
Collaboration • This fall a new Freshman Programs office opened in a residence hall. This is part of our on-going effort to take the most useful programs to where the students are physically as well as academically.
Advising • Major Departments • Peer Mentors • Freshman Seminar Instructors • Academic Advising Office
Peer Mentor Objectives • Promote and strengthen the freshman student’s sense of connection • Improve retention rates • Assist faculty with classroom management • Serve as role models
Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for the Freshman Seminar Course 10. Be introduced to the bigger picture of higher education 9. Learn strategies to be more academically successful 8. Acquire knowledge about yourself as an integrated social, physical and psychological entity 7. Build a relationship with fellow students and instructor 6. Be introduced to the culture, services and resources of the Sacramento State Community
Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for the Freshman Seminar Course 5. Understand the significance of the teaching and learning process 4. Have a better chance of earning a higher GPA and graduating 3. Understand the relationship of education to personal development 2. Fulfill three units of General Education 1. IT'S FUN!
FRESHMAN SEMINAR COURSE GOALS/LEARNING OUTCOMES • I. The student will have an enlarged understanding of the ideas and values related to education • II. The student will demonstrate active learning and improved intellectual skills • III. The student will begin to develop information competence and computer literacy
FRESHMAN SEMINAR COURSE GOALS/LEARNING OUTCOMES • IV. The student will demonstrate an understanding of “self” as an integrated biological, psychological, and social being • V. The student will acquire knowledge of course topics
Learning Communities Each community consists of 2-3 classes, scheduled in a specific cluster of General Education and major classes linked by common themes, assignments, and extra-curricular activities.
In-service Training Speakers • How students understand themselves as learners---Emily Decker-Lardner • Attitude Schmattitude, Teaching Strategies to help first-year students Hone in and Hunker Down---Constance Staley
Examples of Session Topics • Getting Started in Freshman Seminar • Creative Course Assignments • Research and Assessment • Classroom Management • Community Building • Teaching Freshmen to Write • Information Competence for Freshmen
2005 Survey of Freshmen • 78% are more motivated in their studies • 90% say they have a better understanding of what it means to be an educated person • 88% say they can take more responsibility for their own learning
2005 Survey of Freshmen • 83 % say that they feel more connected or comfortable with Sac State, after taking the freshman seminar • 82% say that they have a greater ability to access computer and library resources
2005 Survey of Freshmen • 80% of the students reported that they have a better appreciation for the varied cultural perspectives found on campus • 81% of the students say they would recommend this class to other freshmen.
Freshman Seminar 1999-2005 • 12% higher six year graduation rate than those who did not take courses in this program. • 85% retention rate from freshmen to sophomore year for EOP students who took Freshman Seminar, 7% higher than freshmen who did not take the class.