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.
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.
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.
and help implement and evaluate coordinated academic experiences
for first-year students, such as learning communities or course
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.
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.