Saturday April 21

4:00 - 4:30 pm Introductions/welcomes/conference goals and structures

4:30 - 5:10 pm Breakout Groups: Defining and assessing FYE student outcomes/Developing student agency. What have we found? What do we want to know? How are we moving toward understanding?

5:20 - 6:00 pm Large group discussion and agenda setting: FYE student outcomes and student agency

6:00 - 7:00 pm Reception

7:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner

8:00 - 9:00 pm Deep Learning: What we know about the Brain Active Reflection, and the Development of Agency (Acrobat (PDF) 3.3MB Dec15 12) Julie Tetley; Chief, Academic Advising and First-year Programs; Air Force Academy

Sunday April 22

9:00 - 10:30 am Session I a) interactive workshop; Beloit College: Student Agency/Rethinking the Assessment Process to Support Student Learning and Advising, Kristin Bonnie, Russell Cannon, Natalie Gummer

9:00 - 10:30 am Session I b) interactive workshop; Coe College/Colorado College: Writing Portfolio models (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 17kB Oct30 12) ((click here for tip sheet on making portofolios) (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 16kB Oct30 12) and Institutional needs, Bob Marrs, Tracy Santa

9:00 - 10:30 am Session I c) topical discussion group: Multifaceted Assessment of a campus-wide First-Year Seminar Program AND/OR topics determined based on Saturday evening discussions. Mark Schneider (facilitator), Grinnell College

10:30 - 10:45 am Break

10:45 - 12:15 pm Session II a) interactive workshop; Lake Forest College: Writing Assessment in the First Year Studies (FIYS) Program (Acrobat (PDF) 133kB Oct30 12), Rick Mallette, Rachel Ragland and Carleton College: Argument and Inquiry--Using Papers in First-Year Seminars in Assessing Communication (Acrobat (PDF) 187kB Oct30 12), Andrea Nixon

10:45 - 12:15 pm Session II b) interactive workshop; Beloit College: Writing Assessment as Faculty Development, Russell Cannon, Natalie Gummer and Colorado College: Assessing Key Academic Skills in First-Year Experience (FYE), Miro Kummel, Tracy Santa

10:45 - 12:15 pm Session II c) topical discussion group: Skills, Agency, and Transitioning to College--What are Essential First-Year Outcomes? AND/OR topics determined by Saturday evening discussion. Joyce Stern (facilitator) Grinnell College

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 pm Session III large group sharing of morning session discussions, best practices

2:15 - 3:00 pm Session IV campus team meeting time--What ideas/next steps will you take back to your campus?

3:00 - 4:00 pm Concluding Session Main Room

  • Sharing from campus team meetings
  • Identifying next steps & collaborations
  • Wrap-up & evaluation

Other Resources

Colorado College

First-Year Experience (FYE) Mission Statement and Project Description (Microsoft Word 55kB Oct30 12)
2011 FYE Survey Results (Microsoft Word 252kB Oct30 12)