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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


March 31, 2006

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jannis Floyd, Retan Center 208-D, ext. 4795,

University Senate Constitution Amendment

Add as a subcommittee of AAC: The First-Year Experience Committee

The First-Year Experience Committee is a sub-committee of the Academic Affairs Committee (A.A.C.) of the University Senate.


To serve as a coordinating body to link and advise the various experiences of first-year students at Mansfield University. This includes serving as a linkage between activities of both the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Divisions of the University. The committee provides oversight of the first-year experience activities within the Academic Affairs Division, especially the First-Year Seminar (UNV 1100).


The membership shall include: six voting members from the full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty; two voting members from the student body; two ex-officio & non-voting representatives from the Academic Affairs Division (including the Director of Enrollment Management or his or her designee) and one ex-officio & non-voting representative from the Student Affairs Division.

Faculty members will be elected through the election process of the University Senate. They will be elected for three year terms in three staggered “classes” of two members each. No two members can serve from the same academic department of the University. A member may run for and be elected to successive terms on the committee.

Ex-officio members from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs will be appointed by their respective division heads.

One student member will be selected annually by the Student Government Association and the other student member will be selected by the current group of peer mentors serving the first-year seminar.

Other university staff & faculty may be asked to attend meetings and participate in the committee’s activities upon invitation by the committee.


The voting members of the committee shall elect a chairperson to preside over, plan, and coordinate the activities of the committee and a vice-chairperson to assist the chairperson and serve in the chairperson’s absence.


  • Work with both the Academic and Student Affairs Divisions of the University to coordinate and advise the various experiences of first-year students.
  • Oversee the implementation of the First-Year Seminar (UNV 1100), including such activities as defining the curriculum for the course, creating or adopting appropriate teaching materials, and coordinating activities linked with the course, such as campus wide speakers and community service activities.
  • Recruit faculty to teach the First-Year Seminar and recommend to the Provost those faculty best suited to meet the needs of students in the course.
  • Provide appropriate training experiences for faculty who teach first-year students, especially those teaching the First-Year Seminar and other discipline-based first-year orientation courses. This training will be in coordination with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Academic Advising Center.
  • Make recommendations to A.A.C. and the Provost regarding proposals to have other courses, offered by individual disciplines, substitute for UNV 1100 and provide coordination between those other courses and UNV 1100.
  • Recommend and coordinate activities that precede and occur during the first-year that affect first-year students and are designed to enhance their success at the University. These activities may include summer orientation activities, summer reading assignments, move-in and start-up activities, and coordinated activities throughout students’ first year.
  • Recommend and help implement and evaluate coordinated academic experiences for first-year students, such as learning communities or course clusters.
  • Work with appropriate programs and groups, such as the Academic Chairpersons Council, Student Affairs’ staff, and the Faculty Lecture and University Film Series to coordinate relevant events and to develop an annual theme for these activities and their offering to first-year students.
  • With the assistance of the Director of Institutional Research and the Assessment Committee, develop and review assessments of the first-year experience, including the First-Year Seminar and other discipline-based first-year courses.
  • As appropriate, recommend to the Academic Affairs Committee and other interested parties policies bearing on the success of first-year students at the University.
  • With the assistance of the Director of Institutional Research, provide an annual report to the Academic Affairs Committee and other interested parties on the experience of first-year students and any evaluations that have occurred during the previous academic year.


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