ERIC Number: ED416774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
The Freshman Year Initiative: Creating Academic Communities for Students and Faculty at a Commuter College.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a 3-year program, the Queens College (New York) Freshman Year Initiative (FYI), which emphasizes the importance of the academic community and the role of faculty in integrating freshmen into the college community. The program has become institutionalized and currently involves 600 freshmen (two-thirds of the 1996 entering class), 24 upper-class teaching assistants, and 60 faculty from 22 departments across all divisions of the college. The major accomplishments are seen to be: (1) creation of a freshman class integrated into the academic and cultural life of the college; (2) involvement of full- and part-time faculty in the common enterprise of teaching freshmen; (3) institutional change that integrates all academic programs and support services affecting freshmen; and (4) a changed ethos that makes teaching freshmen a valued endeavor. Evidence of the program's success include establishment of a new office for the on-going program and formation of a new Provost's Steering Committee on Freshmen. Individual sections of the report include an overview; the project's purpose, background and origins, and major activities; and an evaluation. Appendices include an article on the FYI, the FYI schedule, reports from a faculty member and a teaching assistant, an informal evaluation report (Thomas Frosch), and a brochure. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Flushing, NY. Queens Coll.