First-Year Council

Reports to the Provost Office 

Purpose: To advise the Director of First-Year Programs and the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs on initiatives involving the first-year experience (FYE) at Missouri State University. This includes but not limited to: 1) developing a first-year philosophy statement and over-arching goals for the program; 2) evaluating the effectiveness of GEP 101, and making recommendations to the Director concerning changes to the course designed to increase academic excellence, enhance student success, and integrate the public affairs mission; 3) providing assistance with the learning communities and common reader programs; 4) serving as a liaison with other departments/colleges/student affairs as part of a larger effort to inform and address issues involving first-year students.

Membership: Members serve three-year terms. Student members will be appointed as needed to accommodate graduations.

Scott Handley, Honors College
Cornelius-White, Jeffrey, CLSE, COE
Denise Baumann, Student Affairs
Mark Biggs, COAL
Thomas Dicke, HST, CHPA
Clay Franklin, CSD, CHHS
Crystal Gale, LIBR
Stephanie Hein, HSP, CNAS
Cathy VanLanduyt, MIT, COB
TBA, Student Rep
Rachelle Darabi, (ex officio)    
Tracey Glaessgen, (ex officio)    
Kelly Wood, (ex officio)  

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