"The first year of college isn't only the stage of the undergraduate experience when students are most at risk for attrition; it's also the year during which students experience the greatest gains in learning and psychosocial development."
Generally, the college first year is one of the most vulnerable and critical periods for a student as there is a higher risk of attrition during this stage. Most higher education institutes, including the top selective colleges and universities know this for a fact. A comprehensive and coordinated first-year experience program has the potential to: (a) provide a meaningful introduction and overview/preview/gateway to the college experience; (b) serve as lynchpin or connective hub for integrating academic and student life; (c) build cross-divisional partnerships and a stronger sense of campus community among faculty, staff, and administrators by uniting them in pursuit of a common cause; and (d) serve as a programmatic conduit through which campuses can collect data from students at college entry, which may be used as a baseline for value-added (pre/post) assessment.
Provision of strategic and timely support for students during the first year can create enduring effects which extend beyond the first year, or exert cumulative effects that culminate in higher rates of retention all through the remaining college years. It can also bring greater motivation for degree completion and greater student learning gains between matriculation and graduation.
A well-designed first-year experience program can do more than just facilitate adjustment to college; it can also facilitate students' transition through college by providing them with a meaningful introduction to higher education that positions them to seek and find meaning, purpose and direction in their college experience as well a proactive plan for making the most of their college education.
This webinar by expert speaker Joe Cuseo will provide you with a comprehensive, coordinated student success plan that qualifies as a bona fide first-year experience, not just a first-term program. Participants will receive extensive supplementary materials/manuscripts containing research-based support for the ideas presented and additional strategies relating to major ideas presented during the program.
As a participant, you will acquire practical strategies relating to the below ten key components of a comprehensive first-year experience program along with ideas about the roles that faculty, staff, and administrators can play in ensuring that each of these components are delivered in a coordinated and integrated manner.
Who Should Attend
Ideas presented in this webinar will be relevant to all members of the campus community interested in improving student learning and retention during the first year of college, including academic affairs and student affairs administrators, instructional faculty, academic advisors, learning support professionals, and student development (student service) professionals.
Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Marymount College (California)-where for more than 25 years he directed the first-year seminar-a core course required of all new students. He is a 14-time recipient of ... More info