Abington First-Year Engagement Plan

Abington FYE Plan (PDF)

*Use this form if your campus’s First-Year Engagement Plan DOES NOT REQUIRE a First-Year Seminar of all students.
First-Year Engagement Plan Submission Form
Commonwealth Campuses

Submission Date: February 1, 2009
Submitted By: Dr. Samir Ouzomgi
Title: Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Campus: Penn State Abington
Email: sxo2@psu.edu

1. How will small-classroom experiences taught by full-time faculty members be achieved for all first-year students in your unit? If the unit will be offering various options, describe. Example: all students will be required to take either (a) a first-year seminar; or (b) a section of another course that is taught by a full-time faculty member in a class size no more than 25; or (c) a recitation section of a lecture course, with the recitation taught by a full-time faculty member and a class size no more than 25; etc. (Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.)

All divisions (Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Science and Engineering), in coordination with the Division Heads and the Associate Dean, will offer a variety of courses that will be taught by full time faculty members. These courses will be individually identified and match the courses that first year students typically choose and complete during their first semester. These courses will be limited to 25 students per class and meet the student needs and interests as well as the stated goals and objectives of FYE. Peers will be assigned to each class and faculty member for the purpose of communicating and connecting with the first year students. During FTCAP and orientation, all students will be advised to register for one of these classes.

2. How many credits will such courses carry? If variable, explain. (Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.)

All courses that will be offered in the small format will be 3-credit courses. Exceptions can be made by permission of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

3. Supplemental programming: Identify and briefly describe the additional components (other than the small-class experience) that you plan to offer, such as other courses, special advising programs, intensive orientation experiences, special programs offered by Student Affairs, etc., to meet the goals and objectives of the First-Year Engagement Plan: (Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.)

Penn State Abington will offer supplemental programming through the introduction of an academic/co-curricular passport system. The passport system will be implemented by the FYE director in coordination with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and will be monitored through the peer mentors and an electronic swipe system. To complete the program, incoming students will be required to attend two events from each of the following: Academic Enrichment, Academic Survival Skills and Campus Resources, Personal Development, Leadership Development, and Campus Wide Events and Programs.

4. Assessment plan. How will you assess the extent to which the First-Year Engagement goals and objectives are met? (Please limit your answer to 500 words or less.)

The Abington College FY Engagement Program assessment plan will consist of two major components:

      1. A pre-survey, administered during orientation, and a post-survey, administered at the completion of the academic/co-curricular passport program, to measure student learning outcomes relating to the ‘adjustment to college life’ objectives for FYE mandated by the University Faculty Senate. This will involve both the student satisfaction and educational value of the co-curricular aspect of the Abington FYE.
      2. Administration of a nationally normed instrument, such as recommended by the Policy Center for the First Year of College, to assess student engagement with the curricular dimension of the FYE, in accordance with the University Faculty Senate guidelines and objectives for course work in the first year of college.
      3. The Academic Affairs office will be responsible for this assessment which will be conducted periodically.