To offer a foundation for student success.
The mission of First-Year Programs is to offer a foundation for student success, and to recruit quality instructors dedicated to this mission.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Students will develop the necessary skills to be academically successful and will understand the role of scholarship in the University and in larger society.
Objective A1: Students will develop information literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills in an academic area by successfully completing a research project or scholarly paper and orally presenting a summary of findings.
Objective B1: Students will develop knowledge and skills related to student success. (e.g., Goal Setting, Learning Styles, Study Skills, Time Management, Personal Finance, Graduation plans, etc.)
Objective C1: Students will follow policies and practices of academic integrity and ethical behavior expected in the academic community.
Goal 2: Students will comprehend the importance of the University’s Public Affairs Mission, which includes community engagement, cultural competence and ethical leadership.
Objective A2: Students will be able to articulate and apply the University’s Public Affairs Mission through a critical analysis of a common reader.
Objective B2: Students will create a collaborative group project, presentation, or participate in a service activity that illustrates the connection of the Public Affairs Mission to an academic course topic.
Objective C2: Students will be exposed to divergent perspectives in order to build an understanding of how diverse ideas strengthen a community.
Goal 3: Students will establish campus connections and a supportive network of faculty, staff, and other students to facilitate a successful transition to the university.
Objective A3: Students will identify avenues for participation in student organizations and co-curricular activities.
Objective B3: Students will establish effective working relationships with their instructors, academic advisor, and other campus personnel as necessary.
*Course goals and objectives revised and approved by First-Year Council, Spring 2013
An integrative and interdisciplinary experience that addresses public affairs issues and individual choices promoting academic success. Required of all freshmen during their first semester. Honors students must substitute UHC 110 for this class.