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During recent years, colleges and universities have developed first-year seminars for students entering as freshmen, and some of these seminars are linked with disciplinary courses in a learning community. For 2 years, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has had a one-credit-hour university orientation course entitled "First Year Success Seminar," which is linked with a 3-hour section of "Fundamentals of Speech Communication." The same students enroll in both courses and the units in the courses are coordinated. The project is known as the "Mentor Program" because each section has an instructional team that interacts as a group of mentors to those student enrollees who are in its particular learning community. The core curriculum components are: (1) academic writing; (2) oral communication; (3) university library; (4) academic career and life planning; (5) computer technology; (6) critical thinking; (7) culture of the academy (including academic integrity); (8) collaboration and the development of campus networks; and (9) comprehensive introduction to the university's resources. From fall 1995 to fall 1997, enrollees were tracked to determine how many were retained up to spring semester 1998. In all semesters except the first one, seminar participants were retained by a significantly higher percentage. Data collected on grades at the end of the fall 1997 semester showed that seminar participants also earned a higher percentage of high grades than non-participants who were also new to IUPUI.(Contains 2 tables of data and 9 references.) (CR)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, First Year Seminars, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Mentors, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Speech Communication, Student Development, Writing (Composition)

Autor: Dick, Robert C.


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