(Annual Quality Initiative)
Current Facilitators: Dave Fuller, Adam Valencia
August 18, 2001 -- Opening Faculty and Staff Meeting
"Our group discussed the idea of forming cohort groups primarily among freshmen in which they would be scheduled for the same general education courses at the same times. We felt this could instill a sense of camaraderie among the students. They would get to know each other well, feel comfortable in class discussions and form effective study groups. We believed it could help students to learn as well as to retain new students." (D. Morlok, R. Feuerbacher, K. Hawlitschka, K. Hill, J. Novotny, K. Roeber, L. Schroeder, R. Vick)
September 24, 2001 -- Project priority assigned
October 4, 2001 -- AQIP Meeting
Initial discussion about prioritized results
November 2, 2001 -- AQIP Meeting
Facilitators assigned: Dave Fuller, Adam Valencia
November 15, 2001 -- First Quality Team Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Hahn Board RoomIndividuals present: Lin Brummels, Barb Engebretsen, Roger Feuerbacher, David Fuller, Jean Karlen, Monica Snowden, Adam Valencia, Deborah Whitt.
-- Is this course or experience different from Succeeding in College, which is targeted to at-risk students?
-- Will a single course be appropriate for all students?
-- How would one advise students into such a course or experience?
-- What are we really after?
-- Is this a structured academic experience or a social experience?
-- How will such experiences or courses work for students who work many hours and commute?
Students think they are special.
Students make connections and establish relationships.
Helping students connect to others and to the College.
Allowing a student to network with others and feel like they belong to WSC (be part of a group).
Showing students relationships between academic areas.
Establishing relationships with others and faculty.
Tremendous amount of work for faculty.
Organization and scheduling are challenging.
WSC pilot courses
Iowa State Learning Community Program is notable.
Iowa State potential collaborations and course exchanges (via distance learning).
December 6, 2001 -- Quality Team Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Hahn Board Room