ERIC Number: ED351043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-29
Reference Count: N/A
Freshman Seminar. Final Report.
During 1987-88, Manor Junior College, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, developed a semester-long freshman seminar designed to help students understand the college system, to strengthen students' identification with their vocational program and career choice, and to improve students' academic competencies and confidence in their ability to achieve academic success. Students met in groups for 2 hours per week to discuss many topics, including vocational academic policies and procedures, vocational program requirements, grade point averages, and career identification; and to develop skills associated with communication, reading texts, time management, test taking, and note taking. Students were also given weekly writing assignments related to their vocational programs and career goals. Due to late notification of funding, a planned course segment involving competency-based computerized lessons had to be canceled. Student participants reported having difficulty maintaining close ties with the Freshman Seminar instructor the semester following the course. They also expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of work required by the non-credit seminar. As a result, instructors recommended that the freshman seminar be offered as a year-long course, and the curriculum committee assigned two college credits to the course. Two unplanned positive outcomes were that the counseling office reported seeing considerably fewer students with problems, and relationships between the students and the seminar instructors proved to be a valuable asset in solving student problems quickly. The seminar's syllabus, faculty meeting agendas, and sample student and teacher evaluation forms for the course are attached. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Adult Education.
Authoring Institution: Manor Junior Coll., Jenkintown, PA.