Minutes of October 5, 2007

First-Year Programs Advisory Committee

Minutes of October 5, 2007

Call to Order

1:15 p.m. in UNVH 113 by Gary Brock, Chair


Betty Evans, Tom Kane, Tom Lane, Cindy Pemberton, Helen Reid, Art Spisak, John Steiert, Ellena Stotler, and Mike Wood


Motion by Art Spisak to accept minutes (distributed via email) passed.

Friday Focus Suggestions

1) Common reading experience, where all entering students are expected to read a common work of fiction or nonfiction, which then serves as the basis for a year-long campus conversation around which aspects of the curriculum and many campus experiences are organized.

2) First year research seminar, where faculty members teach small sections of undergraduates about their specific research and scholarly interests.


  • Friday Focus suggestions require change in structure of IDS 110—more class time needed than current 1 contact credit hour offers.
  • Common reader—a campus wide experience (faculty, staff and students would read the book) engaging all in their own career, the University, and education in general.
  • Research component—public affairs theme, followed in other subjects as well as IDS 110.
  • Goals should clearly communicate active-learning engagement.
  • Goals should be realistic and relevant to professors and students.
  • Tie goals to academic responsibility.
  • Variable course content based on instructor's academic specialty?
  • Applied research in instructor's academic area. Staff required to have master's to teach; they still would have an academic discipline.
  • Introduce students to orientation issues, campus resources and academic life through applied academic research and interactive presentations outside classroom.
  • Establish a community of scholars.
  • Campus resources could be handled under Engagement—part of problem solving.
  • Develop objectives for goals that engage students in rigorous and stimulating academic work, resulting in change of culture surrounding the course.
  • Faculty need to be recognized—incorporate teaching IDS 110 into tenure process.
  • Recruitment incentive—offer compensation commensurate with workload.
  • Team teaching model?—pair faculty and staff.
  • Every month advocate for some special kind of conversation—information literacy at point of need.
  • Faculty training relevant to connecting professors and students.
  • Need to recruit both faculty and staff to teach 103-112 sections each fall.


Motion made by Cindy Pemberton to develop three new course goals: (1) scholarship, (2) engagement and (3) public affairs. Motion passed.

Committee Task

Committee Members Assigned to Develop Goals

1. Scholarship—Art Spisak, Cindy Pemberton and Mike Wood

2. Engagement—Ellena Stotler, Thomas Lane and Thomas Kane

3. Public Affairs—Helen Reid, John Steiert and Betty Evans

To expedite discussion, e-mail group consensus to Mike Wood. He will forward to all members prior to next meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

Next Meeting

Friday, October 12, 1:15 p.m., in UNVH 113

Minutes_Oct 5 (Word document)