Academic Life forFirst-Year Students at McDaniel       Parent Preview Program            Summer 2012
Welcome & Introductions    First Year Team at McDaniel College       Dr. Karen Violanti           Assistant Dean for Fi...
Session Agenda (KV)  Goal: To provide information and resources regarding   student academic life for families of first-y...
Throughout Presentation (KV)    As our time is limited this afternoon,     please use the Powerpoint presentation     han...
Important People to Know in your Student’sFirst Year Academic Experience (JK)   First Year Team   First-Year Seminar Pro...
What is a FYS? (PB)     4-credit innovative topical or thematic course suitable for 1st      year students that provide a...
Communicating With YourStudent About Academics (PB)    Stay connected to what is happening on campus    Expectations of ...
Overall Academic Transition (JK)    What are some of the typical academic     challenges FY students face in their first ...
Summary of Academic Resources (JK)    Writing Center    Department Tutors (Ask professor of course for     department sp...
What Happened andWhat is Coming? (PB)   May & June     Placement exams online     Advising     Class registration star...
Fall 2012:Continued Transitional and Academic Support (KV)   First Year Seminar “Flex” Hour    Presentations   First Yea...
Social Media –Staying Connected (PB)    Facebook group for parents/families:        http://www.facebook.com/groups/35468...
Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (JK)  Important Academic Dates  to Know as a Parent/Family Member:  *Academic Calendar is in y...
Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (KV)    9/24-9/28: Jan term registration    10/17: Midterm Grades Due from All Professors to...
Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (PB)    10/29: Last day to withdraw from a course with     a grade of “W”          A grade o...
Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (JK)    12/7: Fall 2012 classes end    12/10-12/14: Exam week    Final Grades Due from Facu...
FERPA  Jan Kiphart, Registrar, McDaniel College  Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act   of 1974  What is it and wha...
Next Steps – What Happens Now? (KV)    We encourage you to talk with your     student before they arrive to join the     ...
Closing  Questions?  Thank you for attending the Parent   Preview orientation and we look forward   to seeing you at the...
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Parent preview 2012 as of june 1 2012

  1. 1. Academic Life forFirst-Year Students at McDaniel Parent Preview Program Summer 2012
  2. 2. Welcome & Introductions  First Year Team at McDaniel College  Dr. Karen Violanti  Assistant Dean for First Year Students  Dr. Peter Bradley  Director, First Year Seminar Program  Professor Jill Krebs  Assistant Director, First Year Seminar Program  Dean Elizabeth Towle  Associate Dean for Student Affairs  Jan Kiphart, Registrar
  3. 3. Session Agenda (KV)  Goal: To provide information and resources regarding student academic life for families of first-year students.  Please See the “First Year Program” overview handout in your binder for additional information.  Agenda:  Important People to Know  What is an First Year Seminar (FYS)?  Communication with Your Student About Academics  Academic Challenges and Resources to Help Your Student  Review of What Has Happened in May/June and What Is Coming in July and August  What Happens Once the Academic Year Starts  Questions
  4. 4. Throughout Presentation (KV)  As our time is limited this afternoon, please use the Powerpoint presentation handouts to write down your questions.  The First Year Team and the Registrar will be in attendance at the dinner and Resource Fair later today for follow-up questions.
  5. 5. Important People to Know in your Student’sFirst Year Academic Experience (JK)  First Year Team  First-Year Seminar Professor & Advisor  Student Peer Mentor  Faculty Members  Department Chairs
  6. 6. What is a FYS? (PB)  4-credit innovative topical or thematic course suitable for 1st year students that provide an introduction to the liberal arts and transition to college.  Introduction to critical thinking, analytic reading, writing, and oral communication  Promote cooperation and foster intellectual development  Limited to 15 students, professor = advisor  Flex Hour in FYS – What is it?  Peer mentor
  7. 7. Communicating With YourStudent About Academics (PB)  Stay connected to what is happening on campus  Expectations of student workload  Communicate frequently based on what works best for you and your student  Promote self-advocacy for your student  Support and encourage use of campus resources by your student
  8. 8. Overall Academic Transition (JK)  What are some of the typical academic challenges FY students face in their first semester?  Managing freedom and being on their own  Self and Time-Management  Attending class on a regular basis and keeping up with reading and written assignments  Meeting expectations of college level academic work  Knowing how, when and where to study  Regular communication with professors  Self-advocacy in knowing class standing at all times
  9. 9. Summary of Academic Resources (JK)  Writing Center  Department Tutors (Ask professor of course for department specific information)  Professor of the Course: Office Hours and Individual Help for Course  Academic/FYS Advisor  Assistant Dean for First Year Students  Library staff  Student Academic Support Services Office (SASS)  Student Peer Mentor  Online Resources such as the catalog and the Archway
  10. 10. What Happened andWhat is Coming? (PB)  May & June  Placement exams online  Advising  Class registration started for Fall 2012  July & August  Class schedule adjustments as needed  Complete required forms by July 1  Common Summer Academic Experience  Get ready to arrive in August for Orientation
  11. 11. Fall 2012:Continued Transitional and Academic Support (KV)  First Year Seminar “Flex” Hour Presentations  First Year Connections Workshop Series  Individual Support by Student Affairs and Academic Affairs  Individual Support by FYS advisor/professor and Peer Mentor
  12. 12. Social Media –Staying Connected (PB)  Facebook group for parents/families:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/354681331246234/  Facebook page for timely updates about courses, deadlines, and events on campus,  http://www.facebook.com/McDanielLife2016  Blogs:  http://mcdaniel2016.wordpress.com/  http://mcdaniel2016.tumblr.com  Social Networks:  @mcdaniel2016 (twitter)
  13. 13. Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (JK) Important Academic Dates to Know as a Parent/Family Member: *Academic Calendar is in your Parent Preview Binder  8/22-8/26: New Student Orientation  8/27: First Day of Classes  9/5: Last day to add a class  9/17: Last day to drop a class
  14. 14. Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (KV)  9/24-9/28: Jan term registration  10/17: Midterm Grades Due from All Professors to Registrar’s Office  Midterm Grades are posted online in the Archway after 12pm on 10/17. If a student are missing any grades he/she should check back later in the day or contact the Professor directly.  If the students receives a “D” or “F” at midterm in any class, they will receive an outreach from Academic Affairs (copied to their Advisor) offering support for getting back on track.
  15. 15. Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (PB)  10/29: Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W”  A grade of “W” remains on the transcript but the grade is not calculated into the GPA.  11/5-11/16 (FY students are closer to the end of the registration period): Class registration for Spring 2013 semester
  16. 16. Fall 2012 Academic Calendar (JK)  12/7: Fall 2012 classes end  12/10-12/14: Exam week  Final Grades Due from Faculty: 12/18  Final grades are posted online in the Archway  Minimum Scholastic Requirements: Online in the Undergraduate Catalog  A student must have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher to be in good academic standing at the college.
  17. 17. FERPA  Jan Kiphart, Registrar, McDaniel College  Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act of 1974  What is it and what does it mean for parents/families in a college setting?  Jan will be at the resource fair tonight for any additional questions you may have about FERPA as it relates to academics.
  18. 18. Next Steps – What Happens Now? (KV)  We encourage you to talk with your student before they arrive to join the McDaniel community.  What do you expect of your student?  How will he/she manage their time?  How will he/she study and get all their work done?  How will they communicate when they need assistance in classes?  How do they feel about using campus resources and when will they use those resources?
  19. 19. Closing  Questions?  Thank you for attending the Parent Preview orientation and we look forward to seeing you at the dinner and resource fair later tonight.

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