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ERIC Number: ED558962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 112
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-889271-81-3
ISSN: N/A
The First-Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success: Volume Five: Assessing the First-Year Seminar
Friedman, Daniel B.
National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
"The First-Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success," a five-volume series, is designed to assist educators who are interested in launching a first-year seminar or revamping an existing program. Each volume examines a different aspect of first-year seminar design or administration and offers suggestions for practice grounded in research on the seminar, the literature on teaching and learning, and campus-based examples. Because national survey research suggests that the seminar exists in a variety of forms on college campuses--and that some campuses combine one or more of these forms to create a hybrid seminar--the series offers a framework for decision making rather than a blueprint for course design. Friedman, a recognized expert on seminar administration and assessment, provides a comprehensive framework for deciding what to assess, what kinds of data to collect and from whom, and how to use findings for continuous program refinement and improvement. The volume is a useful tool for administrators launching a new seminar or managing a decades old course. While centered on the first-year seminar, Friedman's suggested strategies can be applied to a wide range of educational experiences in the first college year and beyond. Following a list of tables and figures, notes on the series, and an introduction, the following chapters are included: (1) An Overview of First-Year Seminar Assessment; (2) A Framework for Assessing a First-Year Seminar; (3) Approaches to Data Collection: The How of Assessment Planning; (4) Approaches to Data Collection: The Who of Assessment Planning; (5) Analyzing, Interpreting, and Making Use of Assessment Results; and (6) The Course Review Process: Determining Relevance. The following are appended: (1) Sample Assessment Plan From University 101 at the University of South Carolina; and (2) Assessment Plan for Campbell University Freshman Seminar. A list of references, an index, and a section about the authors is included. [For "The First-Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success. Volume One: Designing and Administering the Course", see ED529290. For "The First-Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success: Volume Two: Instructor Training and Development", see ED558829. For "The First-Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success: Volume Three: Teaching in the First-Year Seminar," see ED558826. For "The First-Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success: Volume Four: Using Peers in the Classroom," see ED558828.]
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail: fye@mailbox.sc.edu; Web site: http://sc.edu/fye
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; South Carolina