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The National Resource Center is pleased to now offer online courses on current topics related to the first-year experience and students in transition. Online courses are designed to come as close as possible to providing students with the same course content and opportunities for interaction with classmates and with the instructor as traditional or classroom-based courses as well as take advantage of pedagogy and teaching techniques that are not possible or uncommon in a traditional format. Our online courses will take place during a four-week or five-week period with the majority of instruction occurring in an asynchronous environment. Asynchronous instruction is neither timebound nor place-bound and does not require the simultaneous participation of all students and instructors. It utilizes toolssuch as email, threaded discussions/forums, listservs, and blog.


Participants will earn 1.5 continuing education units.



Fostering First-Year Student Success



Stephanie M. Foote, Ph.D. is the Director of the Master of Science in First-Year Studies and Associate Professor of Education in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies at Kennesaw State University. Prior to this, she was the administrator for academic success and first-year programs at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Foote earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Educational Administration-Higher Education. She is a past recipient of the NODA Outstanding Research Award for her dissertation study of semester of college and she was recently selected as the recipient of the McGraw-Hill Excellence in teaching First-Year Seminars award. Her current scholarly interests include self-authorship development in transfer students, the role of first-year seminars and experiential pedagogy on student engagement in the early college experience, and engagement in online learning environments. Foote is a co-principal investigator on the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)-First in the World Program (FITW) grant ($3.2 million award), Strengthening bridges for student success: Increasing transfer and completion rates for underrepresented, underprepared, and low-income community and technical college students seeking four-year degrees. Additionally, Foote is the leading author of College Students in Transition: An Annotated Bibliography, and she developed and taught the online course, Fostering First-Year Student Success for the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition annually since 2010. Foote is currently a guest co-editor of a special "Fostering Success for Students in Transition" issue of the Journal of College and Student university Housing, she currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP), and is the editor for the Journal of College Orientation and Transition (JCOT).


Stephanie M. Foote, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Science in First-Year Studies
Associate Professor of Education
Department of First-Year and Transition Studies
Kennesaw State University

 


Course
Date
Registration Deadline
Course Capacity
Fee
 

October 3-28, 2016

September 20, 2016 40 Registrants $425.00


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to engage participants in an exploration of the fundamental aspects of first-year student success. Drawing from multiple perspectives, participants in the course will be challenged to: a) move beyond generational characteristics to fully understand who first year students are and what issues potentially impact their success; b) apply the information generated through readings, reflective assignments, and discussion to innovate practices aimed at fostering first-year student success; and c) develop a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods that can be used to measure first-year student success.

Course Objectives

  • Participants will identify issues that impact the success of first-year students on their campus.

  • Participants will develop strategies and transform existing practices to encourage first-year student success.

  • Participants will understand how to use qualitative and quantitative methods to measure first-year student success.

Course Materials:

Upcraft, M. L., Gardner, J. N., & Barefoot, B. O. (2005). Challenging & supporting the
first-year student: A handbook for improving the first year of college. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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