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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.