Starting this fall, all CLA first year students will participate in the CLA First Year Experience. The CLA First Year Experience is designed to encourage students to make connections with learning opportunities as early as possible in their college career. It is a two-semester course (CLA 1001 & 1002, 1 cr. each semester) designed to organize a variety of in-class and out-of-class learning experiences and reflection opportunities that will engage students in carefully charting their own educational path on the basis of their strengths, values, interests, and motivations. In this work, we will encourage and support students in taking full advantage of the many campus resources as they develop, reflect on, and implement their educational plans. The First Year Experience will be delivered online (through moodle), with a variety of in-person experiences built in. Among other topics, students will be introduced to the value and purpose of a liberal arts education, how to explore potential majors and departments, and the advantages of connecting with faculty and academic support staff early on and often.
More information about the CLA First Year Experience, including information about the Common Reading and descriptions of the 2012 Themes, can be found at class.umn.edu/cla1001
. Faculty members will be hosting a variety of sessions related the Common Reading on CLA College Day (August 30) and during the course (Common Reading week is the week of Oct. 15).
Departments can help by sharing upcoming events and opportunities that they wish to promote to first year students with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. Sharing any feedback that you hear in your departments is also greatly appreciated.