The Challenging First Year Seminar: A Road to College Success for All Students
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 | 12:00 pm
Too often, the First Year Seminar course is viewed as easy credit - or worse, a "throw-away" class. Today's freshmen are chronically underestimated, and as a result, the college seminars with which they are presented lack the academic rigor to adequately prepare them for future coursework.
Join Dr. Angela Vaughan as she presents an alternative: allowing first-time college students to engage in research-based intellectual discussion that integrates them into the scholarly community. In this webinar, you'll learn how to create an appropriately-challenging First Year Seminar, set high standards for student achievement, get stakeholders on board, and more!
Angela Vaughan holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the Faculty Director of the University 101 program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley. Currently, Dr. Vaughan consults with other first-year programs across the country who want to transform their current programs into an academically rigorous research-based first-year seminar. This includes designing and delivering comprehensive instructor and faculty professional development and training, creating curriculum to serve a wide-range of student populations, and constructing assessments and providing analysis to support short- and long-term program improvement. Her specific expertise is to design resources and programs that serve underrepresented student populations (i.e., first-generation students, conditionally admitted students, and students of color).