First Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (LEC 100) is a one-credit course designed to help students develop a sense of responsibility for their own education and learning, introduce students to the skills necessary for academic and life success, provide students with an understanding of their membership in an academic community, instill in students an appreciation for a liberal arts education and a joy for learning, and develop a capacity for self-reflection and improvement. Because these achievements are best realized within an intellectually substantive context, each seminar instructor incorporates a subject of inquiry of his or her choice for students to explore as they develop strategies for academic success.

LEC 100 Resources

LEC 100 Course Guide

To develop a new LEC 100, please see the LEC 100 Policy page.

Joe Cuseo, a professor of psychology at Marymount College in Palos Verde, CA, has contributed a great deal of scholarship to the field of the First-Year Experience. He has openly shared much of his work through the First-Year Experience email list, and he has given us permission to include his work here as well. In addition to the writing, his bibliographies point us to substantial work in the field of higher education.

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Academic Advising:
Academic Advisement and Student Retention: Empirical Connections & Systemic Interventions
"Decided," "Undecided," and "In Transition": Implications for Academic Advisement, Career Counseling, & Student Retention
Assessment/Program Evaluation:
Assessment of Academic Advisors and Academic Advising Programs
Assessment of the First-Year Seminar: Research-Based Guidelines for Course & Program Evaluation
Student Evaluation of Co-Curricular Programming
A Taxonomy of Potential Assessment Outcomes
Career/Life Planning:
How the College Experience & College Degree Improves Your Quality of Life
Identifying Educational Quality: College-Choice Guidelines for Students, Parents, & Counselors
The Liberal Arts, Your College Major, and Your Future Career(s): Myths & Realities
The Transfer Transition from 2-Year to 4-Year Institution: Critical Issues & Promising Practices
Classroom Management:
The Case for Class-Attendance Policies during the First Year of College
Engaging Students:
Active Learning: Definition, Justification, and Facilitation
Common Readings
Faculty-Student Contact Outside The Classroom: Supporting Evidence & Promoting Practices
First-Year Experience:
Target Areas for Development of a Comprehensive First-Year Experience Program
Unifying Academic & Student Affairs: Building Bridges Between The Curriculum & Co-Curriculum
First-Year Seminars:
The Empirical Case for The Positive Impact Of The First-Year Seminar Research On Student Outcomes
Mentoring First-Year Students:
The Case for Faculty-Student Mentoring
Recruitment and Retention:
Instruments Designed To Identify "Withdrawal-Prone" Students/Instruments Designed To Identify Student Learning Habits, Attitudes, & Motivation
"Red Flags": Behavioral Indicators of Potential Student Attrition
The Role Of College Faculty In Promoting Student Retention/Instructional Strategies For Reducing Student Attrition
Schools and Colleges Collaborations:
Collaboration Between Schools & Colleges, A.K.A., School-College Partnerships