Guided Pathways: Redesigning First-Year Seminar Curriculum To Intentionally Address Career & Educational Planning
Challenge - Assisting students who are unclear about their career goals
The primary problem that this webinar addresses is the lack of student engagement in career exploration and planning. The first-year seminar offers a way for colleges to require all students to engage in this process.
Participants will be able to describe how the first-year seminar can be used as a vehicle to help students explore career options and develop an academic plan, utilize strategies to re-design the first-year seminar curriculum, and summarize the research on the effectiveness of this course.
The Guided Pathways movement calls for increased career exploration and planning. Many students are entering college unclear about their career goals and as a result, have not clearly mapped out an academic and career plan. As a result, students are taking longer to graduate and often do so with excess, unnecessary credits. This often means students are graduating with increased financial debt.
Although many colleges are engaged in the advising redesign process, it is very challenging to provide students with in-depth opportunities to engage in career exploration and planning outside of the classroom setting. The first-year seminar can be used for this purpose. During this interactive session, we’ll explore how colleges can re-imagine the first-year seminar course so that it more intentionally addresses career and educational planning. Several strategies and models for the first-year seminar as an essential part of the Guided Pathways movement will be shared and discussed, and research on the benefits and value of first-year seminars will be reviewed.
- Describe how the first-year seminar can play a critical, foundational role in Guided Pathways
- Identify strategies that can be used to re-design the first-year seminar to align to Guided Pathways
- Summarize the research evidence for first-year seminars
- Enrollment Management
- Student Services/Affairs
- First-Year Seminar Course Coordinators/First-Year Experience
- Guided Pathway Leaders
- Any educator interested in learning more about First-Year Seminars and Guided Pathways
A required first-year seminar course for all students is an excellent way to scale career exploration and academic planning efforts to assist students with choosing and staying on a career path, two essential components of the Guided Pathways movement.
Dr. Christine Harrington is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at New Jersey City University. Previously, she worked at Middlesex College for 18 years as a Professor of Psychology and Student Success, the Director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, the Coordinator of Student Success, and a Counselor. She also served a 2-year term as the Executive Director of the Student Success Center at the NJ Council of County Colleges. She is the author of Student Success in College: Doing What Works! 4th edition, a research-based text for the first-year seminar course that aligns to Guided Pathways, published by Cengage Learning, Keeping Us Engaged: Student Perspectives (and Research-Based Strategies) on What Works and Why, published by Stylus, Engaging Faculty in Guided Pathways: A Practical Resource for College Leaders, and Ensuring Learning: Supporting Faculty to Improve Student Success, published by Rowman and Littlefield. She also co-authored with Todd Zakrajsek Dynamic Lecturing: Research-Based Strategies for Evidence-Based Practices, and Designing a Motivational Syllabus: Creating a Learning Path for Student Engagement with Melissa Thomas, both published by Stylus, and Why the First-Year Seminar Matters: Helping Students Choose and Stay on a Career Path with Theresa Orosz, published by Rowman and Littlefield. Dr. Harrington is frequently invited to present at conferences and at colleges and universities.
Bio current as of March 2023.
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