Special Senate Committee Assessing The First-Year Engagement Plan


Special Senate Committee Assessing The First-Year Engagement Plan will be charged to:

  • Evaluate the extent to which University Park units have met during the 2014-15 academic year, the requirement to offer first year seminar courses a) staffed by full-time faculty, b) with sections of 25 students or fewer, and c) with academic content;
  • Evaluate the extent to which first-year students at locations other than University Park may have had similar opportunities to engage with full-time faculty in class sizes of 25 or fewer, either in seminar classes or in regular course offerings;
  • Survey those students for whom the 2015-2016 academic year is their second year at the university to determine their perceptions of their first-year experiences in relation to the goals and objectives of the University Faculty Senate Legislative Report on First Year Engagement Plan; and
  • Request, collect, and analyze reports from all units that enroll first-year students to determine:
  • What topics and activities were included in the unit’s original plan to meet the two goals and five objectives from the 2008 FYE Legislative Report and how were those goals and objectives achieved?
  • What data has each unit collected and analyzed, and on what schedule, to determine how fully plans have been implemented and how well implementation has fostered fulfillment of specified goals and objectives? and
  • How has the unit accommodated DUS students in First Year Seminar at University Park according to the students’ respective interest?

The Special Senate Committee Assessing First-Year Engagement Plan will be expected to present its work as follows:

  • Prepare and submit for Senate Council consideration, an Informational and/or Legislative Report on implementation and data-based assessment of the 2008 FYE initiative for the University Faculty Senate plenary meeting of March 15, 2016.