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Kim,

I am the Coordinator for the Freshman Studies Program at Mount Olive
College, a private four year college in North Carolina.  We have a
mandatory Freshman success program (Freshman Seminar) that is required
of all incoming freshman.  I'm unaware of how the class was chosen to be
mandatory, as I came to MOC two years ago when it was already in place.
Currently the class is for freshmen only; however, we are looking into
doing a section for transfers and non-trads.  Faculty and staff from
various departments teach the sections (normally 7).  Our faculty for
Fall 2004 include one instructor with Counseling Services, one with the
English Dep., one with Social Sciences, one with Business, one with
Education, one with Recreation and Leisure Studies (who is being paired
with the student-athletes since he is a coach), and myself.  We also
have a peer mentor paired with each class who attends all the classes,
does outside follow up and programs, and who is involved in leading
activities in class. You're welcome to contact me individually if you
have further questions.  Hope this helps.

Jenny Bancroft
Director, Teaching and Learning Center
Mount Olive College
1-800-653-0854, ext. 3252 / (919) 658-2502, ext. 3252
Fax: (919) 658-7768
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-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Coufal [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 1:49 PM
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Subject: Mandatory Freshman Classes

Good morning,
I work as a intervention specialist at a 2 year Community College. My
colleagues and I have been collecting data on a "Master Student/College
Success Strategies" class we have taught since Fall 00.  We are finding
that the students who took the class have a higher overall  retention
rate and GPA than those who did not take the class.  I have read some
information over the years of colleges that implemented mandatory
"Freshman" classes, but am looking for more recent data on the subject.
I am curious if anyone has information/data about this that they are
willing to share.  Specifically: Have you implemented a mandatory
freshman class? Is the class mandatory for all students or just degree
seeking students? How did you make the decision to make the class
mandatory (was it institutionally pushed or research driven)? Is the
class for freshman only?  Do you have a admissions policy that dictates
who has to take the class? Who teaches the class? Are you a two year or
four  year institution?

Any information would be helpful!

Thanks!


Kim Coufal
Intervention Specialist
San Juan College
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402


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