Timeline: Goal 6

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Timeline: Goal 6

Provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to the First Year Experience that encourages student success.

Year 1: 2006-07

Action Step 1

  • Meet the goal stated in Action Step 1 for defining expectations in every contact with first-year students.
  • Develop a philosophy for the first-year of college.
  • Disseminate this philosophy and expectations to all first-year students.
  • Adopt a set of academic expectations that have been agreed upon by the campus community.
  • Communicate these expectations to all faculty and staff.
  • Conduct faculty/staff surveys about students' knowledge of expectations.
  • Implement financial aid counseling to all freshmen.
  • Stress the importance of liberal studies in Freshman Seminar classes.

Action Step 2

  • Conduct open forums to gather student, faculty, staff input on the first-year.
  • Conduct Student Engagement Surveys.
  • Conduct programming through Residence Life.
  • Conduct advisor evaluations.

Action Step 3

  • Establish a process to include faculty in new student orientation.
  • Communicate changes to the entire campus community.

Action Step 4

  • Promote increased competence in critical thinking, ethical development, and lifelong pursuit of knowledge by implementing the Council for Advancement of Students in Higher Education guidelines.
  • Provide assistance with "academic challenges" in the college catalog, web pages, program brochures, etc.

Action Step 5

  • Gather retention and graduation rates.
  • Develop the first-year team as described in Action Step 5.
  • Conduct monthly meetings of the first-year team.
  • Conduct yearly evaluation of this strategic goal.

 

Year 2: 2007-08

Action Step 1

  • Continue and improve the dissemination of philosophy and expectations to first-year students as described in Action Step 1.
  • Emphasize to students that they are responsible for their own learning.
  • Conduct surveys to determine effectiveness of Action Step 1.

Action Step 2

  • Conduct Student Engagement Survey.
  • Implement Advisor Trac software.
  • Improve the availability of online services.
  • Provide services that accommodate students' abilities, backgrounds, interests, and experiences.
  • Continue advisor evaluations.

Action Step 3

  • Complete all items from Action Step 3 relating to coordination of efforts among services.
  • Involve all ares in decisions about the first year.
  • Improve campus communications.
  • Provide more orientation to new faculty and staff about the availability of services.
  • Establish a forum to exchange conference information.

Action Step 4

  • Administer Strong Interest Inventory to students in Freshman Seminar class.
  • Create and disseminate a document about diversity.
  • Structure experiences in which students interact in an open and civil community with people from all backgrounds and interests.

Action Step 5

  • Gather retention and graduation rates.
  • Conduct monthly meetings of the first-year team.
  • Coordinate attendance of the first-year team to the First Year experience Conference and disseminate materials from that conference.
  • Conduct yearly evaluation for this strategic goal.

 

Year 3: 2008-09

Action Step 1: Communicate academic and co-curricular expectations to first-year students.

  • Add philosophy statement and links to First-Year milestones and expectations to every 1100-level syllabus.
  • Finalize Advising Syllabus template, which emphasizes student responsibilities as they progress through the institutions, and post online.
  • Identify offices responsible for arranging and disseminating data regarding the first year.
  • Develop a First-Year student web page.

Action Step 2: Improve the availability and quality of student services.

  • Institute a call center that will be used to contact students throughout the year to ensure timely completion of admissions and registration procedures.
  • Increase the number of services offered online.

Action Step 3: Align efforts of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs in support of first-year students.

  • Provide faculty and staff development activities and training related to orientation and support services.
  • Through a partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, establish expectations for faculty participation in co-curricular and extra curricular events and incorporate into annual evaluations.
  • Increase the number of introductory and 1100-level courses that either 1) include credit options for attending at least one co-curricular lecture or event that relates to the course, 2) require at least one assignment that is related to a co-curricular lecture or event, or 3) adopt a book by an author who is presenting at the Celebration of Ideas lecture series.

Action Step 4: Create a campus environment that fosters student development during the first year.

  • Conduct surveys that assess the levels of student affective development as they enter college.
  • Assess the level of student involvement and engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities.
  • Promote personal and campus safety and diversity and social justice issues through a variety of presentations and workshops.
  • Provide faculty and staff development that focuses on student development issues at the college level including cognitive, affective, and social development theories.

 

Year 4: 2009-10

Action Step 1

  • Continue and improve the dissemination of philosophy and expectations for the first-year students as described in Action Step 1.
  • Conduct surveys to determine effectiveness of Action Step 1.

Action Step 2

  • Conduct open forums to gather information.
  • Continue to improve online services.
  • Continue to conduct advisor evaluations.

Action Step 3

  • Continue to involve the entire campus in decisions about the first year.
  • Continue to improve communications.
  • Continue to provide training to faculty and staff, both new and continuing.

Action Step 4

  • Establish learning goals for all courses as described in Action Step 4.
  • Establish parent newsletter and listserve as described in Action Step 4.
  • Establish mentoring system between alumni and students as described in Action Step 4.
  • Develop outdoor gathering places for interactions as described in Action Step 4.

Action Step 5

  • Gather retention and graduation rates.
  • Conduct yearly evaluation of this strategic goal.
  • Conduct monthly meetings of the first-year team.
  • Coordinate first-year team efforts to coordinate speakers and staff development to include the first year perspective.

 

Year 5: 2010-11

Action Step 1

  • Continue and improve the dissemination of philosophy and expectations for the first-year students as described in Action Step 1.
  • Conduct surveys to determine effectiveness of Action Step 1.

Action Step 2

  • Conduct open forums to gather information.
  • Continue to improve online services.
  • Continue advisor evaluations.

Action Step 5

  • Continue and improve all action steps.
  • Gather retention and graduation data.
  • Conduct yearly evaluation of this strategic goal.
  • Conduct monthly meetings of the first-year team.
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