Research strongly suggests that success in college (and life) is multifaceted and involves both cognitive and affective dimensions of self-development. Promoting student success requires a comprehensive, holistic (whole-person) approach that includes attention to both cognitive and non-cognitive dimensions of student learning and personal development.
The non-traditional nature of the FYE course's student-centered content and student-focused pedagogy has resulted in frequent and virulent attacks on the course's academic legitimacy. Consequently, the first-year seminar has become higher education's most repeatedly challenged and most thoroughly assessed course. "Necessity being the mother of invention," course proponents have employed innovative methodologies to document the course's positive impact and ensure its birth and survival. One would be hard pressed to find any other curricular intervention in higher education that has received more rigorous evaluation or has stronger empirical support as a "best practice."
The first-year experience (FYE) course is the quintessential "student-centered" course whose content centers squarely on, and is driven directly by the student experience. While there is much empirical evidence supporting the power of FYE courses, not all FYE courses are created equal. Considerable variation exists in the intended learning outcomes and course content of first-year experience courses, as well as in classroom pedagogy and out-of-class assignments.
How the FYE course is designed and delivered can either maximize or minimize (or neutralize) its potential benefits. The primary purpose of this session by our expert speaker, Joe Cuseo, is to provide a research-based framework for identifying the underlying elements of a well-designed and well-delivered FYE course to ensure that it has maximum impact on student success.
You will acquire knowledge about course purpose (the why of it), course content (the what of it) and course delivery (the how of it). In addition to information provided via PowerPoint slides, you will receive extensive supplementary manuscripts/materials containing supporting research and additional strategies related to the ideas presented during the session.
The information and knowledge provided in the webinar will help you to:
Who should attend?
Ideas presented in this webinar will be relevant to all members of the campus community interested in improving the transition of new students to college and delivering a gateway experience that promotes student persistence through college. The webinar will be particularly pertinent to professionals involved in teaching and administering FYE courses, as well as other members of the college community who interface with such courses (e.g., academic advisors, learning support specialists, and student development 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