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.
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 MSU4. To communicate and facilitate student understanding of the academic expectations of the university.5. To enhance students’ competence in written and oral communication6. To enhance students’ competency in critical thinking.7. To enhance students’ competency in critical reading8. To enhance students’ competency in collaboration.9. To enhance students’ competency in information literacy.10. To enhance students’ competency in quantitative literacy11. To enhance students’ competency in problem solving.
Deadline for fall 2018 applications: November 21, 2017Deadline 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.