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Frontloaded First-Year Seminar

On July 20, 2004, Bryan Dunphy-Culp of Merrimack College wrote to the list looking for other schools that have instituted a sort of 1 credit or 6-8 week long FYE course. Cari Wallace from Eastern Kentucky University responded with a sample syllabus from a course she teaches, which follows a format similar to that which Bryan is interested in.

Bryan Dunphy-Culp (read FYE post or send email)
Cari Wallace (read FYE post or send email)


July 20, 2004 11:13am
Original Message: First 6 weeks

At Merrimack College, the First-Year Seminar course has recently been revamped and no longer includes a Higher Ed/"College 101" model for students to take.

We are exploring the idea of keeping this sort of model around in some fashion. What has been thrown around is one of those 6-8 week course or class that is for 1 credit or something to that effect. Are there other schools out there that have a semblance of a 6-8 week course or First year Experience program that includes credit being given?

Thanks!

Bryan Dunphy-Culp
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Merrimack College
jkirkpatrick@shorter.edu


July 20, 2004 11:34am
Re: First 6 weeks

I offer a front loaded class where they meet 2X a week for 6 weeks and once a week until after the advising period. The instructors may have individual meetings during the last weeks OR conduct weekly discussions on important issues or even attend events on campus. A sample syllabus is below.

Cari Wallace
Eastern Kentucky University

Front loaded sample syllabus

Week I August 25
MEET ONCE
Introductions, Syllabus Review, Set expectations "Getting to Know You" Info Sheet - confirm students' EKU
e-mail address!

Week II August 30
MEET TWICE
Building EKU Relationships - Campus Culture chapter 2
University Datebook and online Student Handbook review
Schedule individual meetings with students for this week 2nd class time!

Week III September 7
MEET ONCE or TWICE
Counseling / Mentoring and Tutoring Presentation - SSB Aud. No class September 6, Labor Day MONDAY
classes meet WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8 for program! Assign reading on Time Management and Memory
chapters 3 and 4

Week IV September 13
MEET TWICE
Celebrate Appalachia Week - Assign attendance at events Reading/Writing assignments related to
Diversity chapter 11
FRESHMAN CONVOCATION, September 15, 7pm BROCK Aud.

Week V September 20
MEET TWICE
Library Presentation - Meet instructor the Library
Assign Study Skills readings - chapter 5
Assign students to print CARES, look at catalogue - see resource guide

Week VI September 27
MEET TWICE
Alcohol 101 Presentations - SSB Aud.
Reading/Writing assignments related to
Wellness chapter 12

Week VII October 4
MEET TWICE
MIDTERM WEEK
- grades are due October 11, 2004 schedule meetings with students for this
week 2nd class time!

Week VIII October 13
MEET ONCE
Academic Advising Session
No classes, October 11 and 12 Fall Break

Week IX October 18
MEET TWICE
Academic Advising and Major Fair - OCTOBER 21 Assign Final Project or Presentation


NOTE: MEET ONLY ONCE THE REST OF THE SEMESTER
Week X October 25
Money Management Presentations - SSB Aud.
Assign Managing your finances readings - chapter 14
Week XI November 1
Career Services and Co-Op Presentations - SSB Aud.
Assign Choosing a Major readings - chapter 15

Week XII November 8
Test Taking/Anxiety and Stress
Management readings chapter 7 and 8

Week XIII November 15
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving chapter 9
Invite Jason Burton to come to your class
Week XIV November 22
Effective Writing and Speaking chapter 10
Prepare for presentations
Week XV November 29
Group Presentations or FINAL
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