PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT PRIORITY

  • Broadly promote the First-year Philosophy statement across campus to ensure that all faculty, staff, and students operate under its guiding values and principles.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS PRIORITIES

  • Ensure that every student has a consistent and coordinated first-year orientation experience.
  • Support the implementation and expansion of the core curriculum to improve portability of courses across majors.
  • Ensure appropriate availability of course spaces that allow students to make progress toward degree completion.
  • Expand admit-to-university opportunities.

INSTRUCTOR, FACULTY, AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES

  • Encourage (or Provide) professional development opportunities for all instructors and staff that interact with first-year students.
  • Commit to advancing and rewarding research on teaching and learning.
  • Establish a coordinated effort to collect and disseminate information on best practices, data useful for faculty instructing first-year students, and assessment to enhance program efforts.

STUDENT SUCCESS PRIORITIES

  • Coordinate undergraduate academic advising in the first year.
  • Coordinate undergraduate academic success programs
  • Develop programs targeted at removing disparities in success among identified groups of students.
  • Oversee the streamlining of communication to first-year students.