ERIC Number: ED359861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Freshman Seminar Program: Chapman College. Final Report, 1987-89.
Harran, Marilyn J.
Chapman College (California) developed a Freshman Seminar Program which provides a rigorous, integrative intellectual experience for students in the first semester of college study. The program's aims were to provide students with a common learning experience, to provide a basic foundation in history, geography, literature and other fields; to improve students' skills in oral and written communication and in the analysis and interpretation of ideas; to strengthen freshmen advising; to build a sense of community among small groups of freshmen; and to improve retention from the first to the second semester and from the freshman to the sophomore year. Various strategies were employed to develop a sense of "esprit de corps" and academic community among the faculty. The actual freshman seminar was taught by approximately 20 faculty from various departments, and focused on the topic "war and peace." Students received constant mentoring as they made the transition to the college setting. The program succeeded in creating a new sense of intellectual excitement and academic community as demonstrated by increased retention of students and development of new courses and teaching strategies by faculty. Attachments making up 75% of the document include: a list of faculty participants, course syllabi, speaker series information, student evaluation results, materials from a special exhibit, faculty responses to the seminar, faculty workshop information, and community recognition materials. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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