Proposal Title

Seminar/First Year Experience

Proposal Abstract

In 2010, Gettysburg College established a connection between our First Year Seminars (FYS) and College Life's First Year Experience orientation (FYE). Our primary goal was to unite academic and co-curricular cultures by promoting opportunities inside and outside the classroom. The pilot program featured six FYS faculty and six College Life staff members. The academic content of the seminars remained intact, but each included an additional weekly meeting designed to allow students time to discuss a variety of issues, including student leadership, undergraduate research, study abroad opportunities, academic advisors, dorm life, social integrity, and our curriculum. The additional meetings underscored the interrelationship between our curricular and co-curricular environments. An expanded version of the pilot, Seminar/FYE, was offered this fall, featuring fifteen seminar sections. While labor-intensive for faculty and their College Life partners, this program acknowledges that an awareness of student social culture can support our academic mission. Seminar/FYE fosters a campus culture that values academic rigor, supports students as they cultivate their intellectual and civic passions, and promotes the development of healthy social relationships and behaviors.

Location

Atrium/Concourse

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 8th, 4:00 PM Mar 8th, 5:45 PM

Seminar/First Year Experience

Atrium/Concourse

In 2010, Gettysburg College established a connection between our First Year Seminars (FYS) and College Life's First Year Experience orientation (FYE). Our primary goal was to unite academic and co-curricular cultures by promoting opportunities inside and outside the classroom. The pilot program featured six FYS faculty and six College Life staff members. The academic content of the seminars remained intact, but each included an additional weekly meeting designed to allow students time to discuss a variety of issues, including student leadership, undergraduate research, study abroad opportunities, academic advisors, dorm life, social integrity, and our curriculum. The additional meetings underscored the interrelationship between our curricular and co-curricular environments. An expanded version of the pilot, Seminar/FYE, was offered this fall, featuring fifteen seminar sections. While labor-intensive for faculty and their College Life partners, this program acknowledges that an awareness of student social culture can support our academic mission. Seminar/FYE fosters a campus culture that values academic rigor, supports students as they cultivate their intellectual and civic passions, and promotes the development of healthy social relationships and behaviors.