The First-Year Programs Department administers several programs involving first-year students. Our primary function is to coordinate GEP 101, First-Year Foundations, our first-year seminar for all incoming students with less than 24 credit hours. (Honors College students substitute UHC 110). Approximately 90 sections are offered each fall, with additional sections in the spring and summer. Our office also manages the Peer Leader program, which provides leadership development and hands-on experiences for outstanding student-leaders. These Peer Leaders facilitate new students’ transition to the university and work closely with their GEP 101 instructor/mentor. In addition, this office coordinates the Curricular Learning Communities CLC program, established in 2009. A CLC is two or more “linked” first-year classes, in which faculty work together to integrate the curricular and co-curricular experiences for students. Finally, this office coordinates the Common Reader program, which was fully implemented in fall 2010.
Services Offered to the Campus Community:
- An opportunity to work with first-year students by teaching GEP 101, the first-year seminar.
- Faculty development opportunities through a variety of workshops.
- Leadership development for our students through the Peer Leader Program.
- Sharing information about campus resources, programs, and events with our first-year students and the campus community.
Mike Wood, Director of First-Year Programs
205 University Hall (417) 836-8343
> Learn more about First-Year Programs by visiting their website.