Build a sophomore-year program to increase retention of second-year students with guidance from our expert instructors.
4 Live Sessions: June 9, June 30, July 21, & August 4 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for an online course in which you will build a project proposal to create or expand the sophomore year experience (SYE) programs at your institution. In your proposal, we’ll help you apply student development theory to foster second-year engagement, increase interactions with faculty and staff, and help develop a sense of purposefulness in students’ degree paths.
You will receive feedback on your proposal from our expert instructors as well as your course colleagues, and you will leave with a finished proposal to use on campus. By the end of this course you will be able to:
“FLIPPED CLASSROOM” FORMAT WITH BOTH SELF PACED AND INSTRUCTOR LED COMPONENTSYou’ll gain exposure to new material on your own time and use time with instructors to complete the “harder” work of applying that knowledge and coaching to help achieve your goals.
COMPLETE IMPORTANT JOB-RELATED WORK DURING THIS COURSEDuring this course you will have the opportunity to complete four assignments. Our instructors will give live feedback on the work you complete.
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After participating in this online course, you will be able to build a thorough proposal to create or expand the sophomore-year experience on your campus.
(Live Component on 6/9/2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT)
Learning Outcome for Module 1After participating in this online training, you will be able to apply student development theory and first-hand research of sophomore student needs to sophomore-year programming on your campus.
Online Training for Module 1(Live Component on 6/9/2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT)This live webcast will outline the unique developmental factors that affect students’ second year of college and explore a developmental framework for working with second-year students. Our instructors will propose a plan to gather and assess institutional data regarding the sophomore-year experience, and you will leave with a worksheet to conduct your own campus research on your sophomore students’ needs.
Assignment for Module 1Who are your sophomore students, and what do they need? Collect institutional data about sophomores on your campus—including second-third year persistence rates, survey data, course progression, and academic success data. You’ll have a chance to discuss this data in Module 2.
(Live Component on 6/30/2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT)
Learning Outcome for Module 2After participating in this online training, you will be able to compose a clear mission statement, learning outcomes, and campus partnership possibilities for sophomore-year programming at your institution.
Online Training for Module 2 - Watch anytime, anywhere!Watch this training module before completing the assignment for Module 2 to learn about the variety of SYE mission statements that have connected to students’ developmental needs in the second year. Operational and learning outcomes will be discussed, and sample program goals will be shared. You will leave with a worksheet that walks you through creating your mission, goals, and outcomes for your SYE.
Assignment for Module 2
Live Feedback and Coaching for Module 26/30/2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDTThis online meeting will be your chance, after completing the assignments for Modules 1 and 2, to check in with course instructors and receive advice on your student data, mission, vision, and partnerships for your SYE.
(Live Component on 7/21/2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT)
Learning Outcome for Module 3After participating in this online training, you will be able to apply high-impact practices to your sophomore experience planning.
Online Training for Module 3 - Watch anytime, anywhere!Watch this training module before completing the assignment for Module 3 to explore specific high-impact practices in the sophomore year such as peer leadership, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and campus activities. You will leave with a worksheet to help compare institutional examples that could be implemented on your campus.
Assignment for Module 3
Live Feedback and Coaching for Module 37/21/2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDTThis online meeting will be your chance, after completing the assignments for Module 3, to check in with course instructors and receive advice on recommendations for your SYE.
(Live Component on 8/4/2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT)
Learning Outcome for Module 4After participating in this online training, you will be able to build a proposal to create or expand the sophomore-year experience on your campus.
Online Training for Module 4 - Watch anytime, anywhere!Watch this training module before completing the assignment for Module 4 to identify potential funding sources for sophomore-year initiatives, and discover how programs have proven their success with operational and learning outcomes. You will also learn how to make connections between sophomore-year initiatives and other strategic goals on your campus.
Assignment for Module 4
Live Feedback and Coaching for Module 48/4/2015 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDTThis online meeting will be your chance, after completing your project proposal, to receive final suggestions from the instructors and your colleagues from your assignments.
Jimmie Gahagan oversees the Office of Student Engagement and teaches a University 101 class for first-year student success. He has presented and published widely on such topics as residential learning initiatives, the first-year student experience, academic advising, leadership development, the sophomore-year experience, spirituality, and student retention.
Jimmie has a BA in political science from the University of Richmond as well as an MA in higher education and student affairs and a PhD in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. He has worked with AI for more than five years presenting on SYE, peer advising, and other leadership topics, consistently receiving high ratings from attendees.
Molly has conducted extensive research on students’ sophomore-year challenges and successes. Prior to her faculty position, she worked for ten years in student affairs administration. Molly conducts research on college student development, specifically on sophomore students and the sophomore-year experience. In addition, her research has been to understand the relationship between learning space, learning, engagement, and pedagogy.
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