Published: Sept. 6, 2017
Faculty member teaches First-Year Seminar with students at same table

The Office of the Provost is calling for participation in fall 2018 First-Year Seminars (FYS), open to instructors and tenure/tenure-track faculty in all departments. Course proposals are due Sept. 15.

First-Year Seminar learning objectives
  • Enhance student engagement. Improve the likelihood that students will engage in the CU community.
  • Build student identity. Increase the likelihood that students will identify with CU Boulder.
  • Set academic expectations. Focus on an academic experience that allows students to understand the academic expectations at CU and that sets a foundation for future success.

    Because students responded positively to the spring 2017 course structure (95 percent would recommend to other first-year students), that structure will be used to offer between 50 and 60 sections in fall 2018.

    Each course will be a 3-credit section, limited to 19 students, focused on a topic developed by the faculty member with emphasis on a topic of interest to a wide range of first-year students. The three credits allow the faculty member to have sufficient contact with the students and to introduce high-impact experiences such as semester-long projects. Each course must meet the FYS learning objectives.

    All proposals will be reviewed by a review panel of faculty representing each school and college. Approved courses will be eligible to be submitted for appropriate curriculum committee approval for general education and/or major/minor credit.

    If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please email Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Student Success Paul Chinowsky at paul.chinowsky@colorado.edu indicating your interest. Visit the FYS website to submit your proposal online and download the course information sheet to be signed by the appropriate department chair.