Crash Course for Faculty Teaching Freshmen, Fall 2010
If you missed this event, you can still read the (extensive) handout (49k, .pdf file).
CSUN has 5215 first-time freshmen this fall. Many of their faculty have years of experience when it comes to engaging and instructing first-time freshmen. Others--perhaps including you--are new to this very challenging student demographic. Rookie or veteran, you are invited to commiserate, complain, discuss, and share best practices.
Resources on the Web for Faculty Teaching Freshmen
- Advisors at CSUN for Freshmen: Who, Where, How to Contact Them. Each student may also have an individual advisor listed in the portal, if you want to look there using the student's ID number.
- Beloit College Mindset List. "Each August . . . , Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It is . . . a reminder of the rapidly changing frame of reference for this new generation."
- CSU Proficiency Reports. Readiness and remediation across the CSU.
- CSUN Catalog. Searchable.
- CSUN "Current Students" Page.
- Guidelines for Dealing with Disruptive Students: CSUN Student Affairs publication.
- Faculty Development has a collection of books available to help you think about teaching. Sierra Hall 422 in CIELO.
- Institutional Research at CSUN. Offers specialized and accessible reports on CSUN freshmen including registration progress, continuation (retention) rates, graduation rates, results of the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement, the Freshman Survey (CIRP), and several other reports and data sets of consuming interest.
- New Student Orientation Schedule for First-Time Freshmen. Includes an overview of topics and expected learning outcomes.
- Romack, Jennifer. "Enhancing Students' Readiness to Learn." The Teaching Professor (1 Oct. 2006). This CSUN colleague offers a useful approach to helping students understand your expectations. First paragraph available online; full text available in CIELO.
- Understanding and Supporting the Learning Process for First Generation College Students: includes additional resources and a very helpful handout prepared by Lideth Ortega Villalobos, PhD (CSUN Counseling Center).
- Teaching Unprepared Students: book group page with resources for faculty.
- University 100 Home Page. Intended for freshman students. Includes useful links and a calendar of events.
- When Students Don't Do the Reading, What Can You Do? Plenty, as it turns out!