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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.

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. The DTF will consist of those current members of the First Year Experience Subcommittee of the Student Services Committee of Campus Assembly who agree to serve. It will also include additional faculty members, including several from the Curriculum Committee. The following comprises its specific charge:

1. Survey and chronicle current UMM initiatives related to the first year experience.
2. Review and summarize major findings from existing institutional data (from NSSE; from CIRP, for example) relevant to documenting student experience in the first year.
3. Provide an assessment and evaluation of our current and historic successes and challenges in relation to the first year.
4. Research and provide examples of best practice from other institutions in relation to the first year experience and place UMM first year initiatives in this context.
5. Consider the role of first year seminar in relation to the whole first year experience with the specific purpose of recommending the continuation, alteration, or discontinuation of seminar.
6. Make general recommendations regarding continued and changed practice in relation to the first year experience to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellors for Academic and Student Affairs, the Curriculum Committee and the Student Services Committee.
7. Include in its recommendations those related to administrative structure and leadership for the first year experience and those related to resources.
8. Complete its work by January 30, 2008.

Membership for the DTF
Director of Student Activities - Dave Swenson, Chair
VC Student Affairs - Sandy Olson-Loy
Associate Director of Residential Life - Julie Phelps
Resident Director – Heather Nicole Christian
Coordinator of Academic Advising - Brenda Boever
Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Coordinator – Chris Butler
Assistant Dean of Faculty - Leslie Meeks
Faculty Humanities – Tammy Berberi
Faculty Science – Van Gooch
Faculty Social Science – Steve Gross
Faculty Education – Pam Solve
FYS Coordinator – Tracy Anderson
Resident Advisor – Tegan Peterson
Orientation Group Leader - Andrew Swan
Orientation Group Leader/Curriculum Committee – Kim Ukura