Developing A Comprehensive First-Year Experience Program: Strategic Support, Foundational Frameworks & Campus Buy-In
The first year of college continues to be the most critical and vulnerable period for student attrition at all types of higher education institutions, including highly selective colleges and universities. Provision of strategic and timely support for students during the first year can also lead to more enduring effects that extend beyond the first year, accumulating and culminating in higher rates of student persistence to degree completion and greater gains in student learning between college matriculation and graduation.
This webinar will stimulate enthusiasm for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated first-year experience (FYE) program characterized by campus-wide investment and ownership, cross-divisional collaboration, and a collective spirit of energy/synergy among professionals pursuing a common cause: student success. Intended outcomes or goals of a substantive FYE program will be identified (student retention, academic achievement, holistic development), as well as core principles and systemic processes that are most likely to exert the most potent effects on student outcomes (self-efficacy, active involvement/engagement, and social integration).
Best practices relating to core components of a comprehensive FYE program (advising, teaching, curriculum, co-curriculum, assessment) will be discussed, along with pivotal roles played by key members of the campus community involved in FYE-program delivery (academic advisors, instructional faculty, academic-support professionals, and student development professionals).
- Promote students personal validation by creating a welcoming first impression to campus and getting to know students on a personal level
- Increase students sense of self-efficacy by balancing challenge with support, providing effective feedback, and exposing students to successful role models
- Help students find personal meaning in their college experience by intentionally articulating the purpose and value of a college education, and help them make meaningful connections between: (a) courses and disciplines, (b) academic and experiential learning, and (c) their current life and future goals
- Actively involve students in the learning process through use of engaging pedagogy inside the classroom and strategies that engage students outside the classroom
- Socially integrate students into the campus community via small-group and team-learning learning experiences in class, and by connecting them with faculty, staff, and peers outside of class
- Encourage students to reflect on academic and experiential learning by providing them quiet time for thinking and opportunities for reflective writing in response to higher-order thinking prompts
- Increase students self-awareness and mindfulness with respect of their learning strategies, styles, habits, ways of thinking, and personal values via practices that stimulate self-monitoring, meta-cognition, self-regulation, and self-assessment
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Retention Specialist
- First Year Experience Coordinators
- Learning Centers
- Tutoring Staff
Joe has delivered hundreds of campus workshops and conference presentations across North America, as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. He's authored articles, monographs, and books on effective teaching, advising, student retention, and student success, the most recent of which are:
- Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success & Personal Development
- Humanity, Diversity, & The Liberal Arts: The Foundation of a College Education
- Peer-to-Peer Leadership: Transforming Student Culture
What is a live webinar?
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What is an on-demand webinar and how do I get access?
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What is the process for attending a live event?
The process is as follows:
- We email participants login instructions approximately 1 week prior to the live event.
- We email participants a link to the PowerPoint (.pdf) and any additional handouts approximately 1-2 days prior to the live event. Participants can make copies for attendees if desired.
- We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
- On the day of the live event, participants can login 30 minutes prior to the start time. Once logged in, participants can see the PowerPoint slides, ask questions, and make comments via the chat feature.
- We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?
Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.
What are the technical requirements?
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What equipment is required?
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How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?
1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.
- 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
- 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
- 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
What type of payment do you accept?
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Where do I send payment?
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Boulder, CO 80301
What is your cancellation policy?
Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.
- 30 days prior: Full refund
- 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
- Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?
Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.
Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.
Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.
Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.
Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).
How can we use these trainings?
- Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
- Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
- On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.
Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.
Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.
New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.
Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.