December 21, 2007

Question 10

Are we living up to the promises made in our admissions materials for first year students? If not, where are we under delivering?

December 17, 2007

Question 9

How and where do we teach the meaning of the liberal arts to our first year students?

December 14, 2007

Question 8

How would you characterize the involvement of faculty with first year students? What sort of involvement would you like to see?

December 11, 2007

Question 7

Does the current advising system meet the needs of first year students?

December 5, 2007

Question 6

What sorts of initiatives with the city of Morris would be beneficial experiences for first year students?

November 27, 2007

Question 5

Does our current orientation program meet the needs of first year students?

November 13, 2007

Question 4

What learning outcomes should we expect the First Year Seminar program to meet?

November 7, 2007

Best Practices minutes

Minutes from the Best Practices in First Year Experience work group 10.30

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November 5, 2007

Data workgroup notes

The Data work group has been reviewing data about our students. Here are some elements pulled from the CIRP (Cooperative Institution Research Program) survey given to first year students during orientation in the Fall of 2006.

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Question 3

Do our facilities support the needs of first year students? What sorts of spaces do we need to better meet first year students’ expectations?

October 29, 2007

Question 2

Are first year students at UMM a cohesive group? If not, what sub-populations exist that we should look at?

October 24, 2007

First Question

What is the most important experience of first year students at UMM?

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October 22, 2007

The Charge from the Chancellor

Contemporary thinking in relation to improving student achievement and student retention focuses on the significance of experiences in the first year. In an effort to strengthen the UMM first year student experience and in an effort to promote student retention from the first to the second year, a “disappearing task force? will be convened in fall 2007.

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