Proposal for First-Year Experience Learning Community
Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning
Background
The First-Year Experience at Minot State University is an opportunity for first-year students to participate in a powerful learning experience that will inspire the transition to university life and learning through unique learning communities, peer mentors, and opportunities to engage with the campus and larger community. Through the First-Year Experience Learning Community, students are given the opportunity to work with talented, engaging faculty and staff members who care about students, who are focused on student success, and provide learning experiences that are unique, challenging, and relevant. They also get to work with peer mentors who are familiar with the campus and can connect students to student support services, clubs, organizations, and other academic and co-curricular activities.

The First-Year Learning Community is a general education requirement for all new MSU freshman and all transfer students with less than 24 earned university credits (dual-credit courses may not be included in the 24 credits). Students register for three classes connected by a theme. The same cohort of students is registered for all three classes, thus forming a learning community. Class size is generally restricted to 20-25 students. Instructors work together to create meaningful experiences and assignments around the theme and across the courses.

Some learning communities are discipline specific, and only students majoring in that discipline can enroll. These learning communities are typically composed of two courses needed for the major, or one course in the major and one general education course, as well as a first-year seminar course, UNIV 110. These learning communities help students learn how to be successful in their major while connecting them to faculty members in the discipline.

Other learning communities are not discipline specific, and anyone can enroll in them. These learning communities are typically composed of two general education courses as well as a first-year seminar course, UNIV 110. These learning communities allow students to complete courses required for graduation while at the same time exploring an interesting topic in UNIV 110.

In both cases, the first-year seminar course, UNIV 110, supports the other one or two courses and focuses on and helps foster the theme that connects them. Additionally, the UNIV 110 course houses academic and social topics to aid students in their transition to the university environment. Students interact with their peer mentor in the UNIV 110 course.

FYE Learning Communities also facilitate the development of an engagement opportunity for students, to include any one of the following: volunteer community or campus service, civic engagement opportunity, or a service learning projects.

FYE Learning Community Goals
The following FYE Learning Community Goals should be met among the three courses in the learning community:

1. To connect students to their peers and faculty members.
2. To engage students with the campus and larger community.
3. To enhance students’ sense of belonging at MSU
4. To communicate and facilitate student understanding of the academic expectations of the university.
5. To enhance students’ competence in written and oral communication
6. To enhance students’ competency in critical thinking.
7. To enhance students’ competency in critical reading
8. To enhance students’ competency in collaboration.
9. To enhance students’ competency in information literacy.
10. To enhance students’ competency in quantitative literacy
11. To enhance students’ competency in problem solving.

Application Process
Faculty/staff interested in forming an FYE/Learning Community are invited to complete and submit the following application for consideration. Applications will be reviewed by the Director of CETL and the FYE Advisory Team, comprised of faculty representatives from each MSU College.

Deadline for fall 2018 applications: November 21, 2017
Deadline for spring 2019 applications: February 6, 2018

Please feel free to contact the director of CETL, Beth Odahlen, or any one of the FYE Advisory Team members, Dr. Lisa Borden-King, College of Education and Health Sciences; Nancy Pearson, College of Arts and Science; or Sharon Reynolds, College of Business, if you have questions or would like to discuss your ideas prior to submitting your proposal.

The information you provide in the application will be shared with each faculty member's chairperson and support of your involvement in teaching in this FYE Learning Community will be sought.

Application
Title - Indicate the title of your proposed FYE learning community: *
Your answer
Theme of learning community - Provide brief explanation: *
Your answer
Campus/Community Service or Engagement Project - Provide brief explanation:
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Semester of Learning Community. *
UNIV 110 Course: *
Indicate who will teach UNIV 110 First-Year Seminar.
Your answer
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Indicate the days and times of the UNIV 110 course.
Your answer
2nd Course: *
Indicate the course prefix & number and course name of the 2nd course in the learning community (e.g., MATH 210 Elementary Statistics).
Your answer
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Indicate who will teach the 2nd course:
Your answer
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Indicate the days and times of the 2nd course.
Your answer
3rd Course:
Indicate the course prefix and number and course name of the 3rd course in the learning community. Leave blank if only two courses will form the learning community.
Your answer
Indicate who will teach the 3rd course.
Your answer
Indicate the days and times of the 3rd course.
Your answer
Please indicate who will serve as the primary coordinator representing the learning community in communication with CETL: *
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Please indicate names of any faculty/staff in this learning community who have previously taught in an MSU FYE Learning Community: *
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If the proposed learning community is limited to students enrolled in a specific academic major, please indicate that major below: *
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If the proposed learning community is designed for a specific type of student (POWER, Honors, Transfer, International, etc.) please indicate this information below. If for any type of student, please indicate "All students". *
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If any one or all of the courses within the learning community have a cap on enrollment, please indicate this information below (course number/enrollment cap): *
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