ERIC Number: ED410773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb-22
The Freshman Year: Working Out the Puzzle of a College Education.
Cross, K. Patricia
This paper discusses the college freshman year experience from the student perspective, focusing not on what college will do for them, but on what it will do to them. Faced with the staggering array of course offerings and experiences presented by the modern college, freshmen need more help in making choices and decisions. The paper reviews the conclusions of various books and articles on the impact of college on students, including Chickering and Gamson's (1987) Seven Principles for Good Practice for Undergraduate Education, which include: (1) encouragement of student-faculty contact; (2) encouragement of cooperation among students; (3) encouragement of active learning; (4) provision of prompt feedback; (5) emphasis on time on task; (6) communication of high expectations; and (7) respect for diverse talents and ways of learning. The paper also reviews the organizational culture principles articulated by the Education Commission of the States (1995), which expresses that quality education begins with an organizational culture that values high expectations, cultivates respect for diverse talents and learning styles, and emphasizes the early years of study. (Contains 15 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on the Freshman Year Experience (16th, Columbia, SC, February 22, 1997).