COLL 101 Instructor Resources

COLL 101 Syllabus

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Course Description

This introductory course helps students begin to define the role of collegiate education in their personal and professional lives. Within a learning community composed of those who have similar disciplinary interests, students have the opportunity to participate in engaging and tailored activities designed to support the successful development of skills necessary for college-level work. The course is to be viewed as a first critical step to achieving the College’s mission and goals noted below. Although the course is a requirement for all degree-seeking students with fewer than 30 credit hours at the time of admission, other students are encouraged to participate. Successful completion of the course is a graduation requirement.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand the role of collegiate education in preparing effective professionals, citizens, and in enriching lives.
  2. Describe the value of life-long learning.
  3. Understand the nature of the issues, opportunities, and expectations associated with life/career paths related to one’s chosen discipline and/or further refine your own disciplinary interests.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to research a subject, evaluate positions, and make effective arguments orally and in writing.
  5. Reflect on and critically analyze problems and situations that arise in this discipline.

Course Topics

  1. Why College?
  2. Adjusting and Balancing
  3. Campus Resources
  4. Organizations and Connections
  5. Time and Stress Management
  6. Learning Styles, Taking Notes, Study Skills
  7. Critical Thinking
  8. Writing (and Presenting)
  9. Plagiarism
  10. College and Career Planning
  11. Financial Literacy (in particular debt, student loans, and Financial Aid processes)

Welcome Week Events

There will be a COLL 101 Kickoff event on the Friday before classes begin. Your Dean will be in touch with more information about this event.
Convocation will be on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 11 in the AWAC, followed by lunch in the AWAC. Ivan Wineglass will be the alumni speaker. We’ll just have the students join you in the seats prior to the start of the Convocation and the recessional will head straight to the lunch line on the rubber court.

Joint Class Sessions

There are several opportunities to have your class join with other classes to hear from the System’s and College’s Title IX coordinators and the College’s Financial Aid/Business Office.

Title IX sessions are available Sept. 16, 18, 23 and 25. Each session is from 11:00-11:50 in the Black Box Theatre.

Financial Aid/Business Office sessions are available Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Each session is 11:00-11:50 in the Performing Arts Center.

Please contact the VPAA your preferences.

First Year Surveys

We will be administering a survey of new first year students this fall. Please encourage/require your students to complete this survey. Tim will be in touch with dates that it is open.