Attendees: Chris Pudlinski (Chair), Meg Leake, Scott
Hazan, Kris Larsen, Alex Lee, & Jacqueline Garland
Approve minutes of September 2013 meeting
Update: One Book One Community Living Room Lecture.
C. Pudlinski reported out on the One Book One
Community Living Room Lecture.
The event was publicized through SGA.
Six FYE classes attended the Question and
Answer session with the authors in VAC 105 on
Wednesday, November 6th (5 of the 6 FYE
classes read the book).
There were approximately 80 students present
at the Question and Answer session.
There was an evening session open to the
public held in Torp theatre.
Approximately 100 people were in attendance.
The people who participated in the event
S. Hazan asked how universities get around academic
M. Leake said that individuals in the FYE
ListServ start discussing books to use in October
and some campuses give books out during orientation
M. Leake and C. Pudlinski said that there is
usually a list of 2-3 books to use for a campus read
which gives professors more freedom of choice.
Review/ implementation: online fall 2013 FYE
learning outcomes assessment
C. Pudlinski reported out on the FYE Survey.
The survey will be done through the survey
site that CCSU uses.
The questions that students are required to
answer are indicated by an asterisk (*).
There is a drop down menu for students to
pick the faculty member that they have for the
Question 56 “When you started in August, did you
intend to stay and graduate from CCSU” and Question
57 “Currently, do you intend to graduate from CCSU”
were added to the survey.
C. Pudlinski will be corresponding with
faculty members via e-mail to provide directions and
suggestions to get students to complete the survey.
The e-mail will provide faculty members an
active link to the survey.
A suggestion was to allow students to
complete the survey on their phones during class
To encourage students to complete the survey,
faculty members can give it as an assignment to
students or provide extra credit to those who have
Faculty members will receive notification of
which students completed the survey because Question
1 asks students to “please enter your eight-digit
CCSU student ID number.
Your responses will be kept confidential.
Results will be used to make adjustments and
improvements to the First Year Experience program
The results from the survey last year will
also be attached to the e-mail.
S. Hazan reported that we already have the data for
Question 56 from SERP.
SERP is done every other year.
K. Larsen reported that Question 59 should be
changed to what proportion of all your classes did
you attend this semester?
C. Pudlinski said that the link will be active next
A. Lee reported that he believes that participation
will decrease approximately 10-15% if students don't
take it in class.
M. Leake and S. Hazan suggested to increase
participation professors set aside 5 minutes in
class to complete the survey as they did in the past
and to also give students credit for completing the
Discussion: Planning for Spring 2014 & the future of
C. Pudlinski reported that [he hopes] a new director
will be appointed for Fall 2014.
There will not be a peer leader program or
peer leader course, no assessment, and no faculty
Faculty members could work with returning
peer leaders on a volunteer basis.
S. Hazan discussed that FYE helps individuals to
feel a sense of connected with others in an
C. Pudlinski discussed that learning
communities have worked to increase retention rates.
S. Hazan asked about First Year Experience
M. Leake reported that there are three
conferences for First Year Experience a year.
Next meeting—we need to agree on a set time and date
Tentative date for next meeting: Tuesday, December
10th time: TBA.