ERIC Number: ED418608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-18
Reference Count: N/A
The Urban First Year Experience: Building Community Benefits Faculty and Other University Professionals and Serves Students Well.
Evenbeck, Scott E.; Foster, Mary C.
This paper describes efforts by Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to develop programs to serve the needs of first-year students, focusing on collaborative efforts across the university system to retain nontraditional and underrepresented students. The School of Liberal Arts Faculty Mentor Program links a first-year seminar course with introductory courses in various disciplines, placing faculty members on instructional teams that include students, librarians, academic advisors, and media specialists. The program is designed to identify implications for curriculum development and faculty development needs; to recommend improvements in undergraduate instruction; to suggest revision of materials designed for students new to IUPUI; to develop models for improved advising; to define the role of student mentors; to develop closer links between the library and faculty; and to develop an understanding of the technological needs of faculty and students. The development of these instructional teams with IUPUI's first-year courses are central to the process of restructuring the university to meet the changing needs and characteristics of students. (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Faculty, College Freshmen, College Instruction, College Programs, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, First Year Seminars, Higher Education, Library Role, Mentors, Program Descriptions, School Holding Power, State Universities, Teamwork, Technology, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Indiana Univ Purdue Univ at Indianapolis
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on the First Year Experience (9th, St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, July 18, 1996).