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Student success is central to UMaine's mission, values, reputation and fiscal health. Improving first-year student success is a major focus for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs in 2018-2019. The goal is to develop an integrated plan of actions that will result in improved first year student success as defined by first year retention.
First-Year Success Courses
All University of Maine students have access to a so-called first year success course. Develop a set of recommendations for ways to improve the quality of students' experiences in these courses. Please consider the following questions as you complete this work.
1. What are the goals of first year student success courses? How do they vary across colleges?
2. What core content should be included in first year success course?
3. What are considered best practices with respect to the following questions:
a. Should the course be required or recommended?
i. Should it be required of some students? If yes, which students and why?
b. How many credit hours? c. Disciplinary cohorts versus mixed disciplines?
First-Year Success Courses Working Group and Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, "First-Year Success Program: First-Year Success Courses" (2019). General University of Maine Publications. 1966.
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