October 2012 Minutes  


Committee Members in attendance: Christopher Pudlinski, Meg Leake, James Conway, Henry Greene, Michele Dischino, Scott Hazan, Liz Braun, Elizabeth DeGrandpre

1.       Approve minutes of April 2012 and September 2012 meeting

Minutes from April 2012 and September 2012 were approved, with minor spelling errors changed.

2.       Spring 2013 FYE schedule (for Spring 2013 entrants only?)

The finalized FYE spring 2013 schedule was presented. There are 5 sections; one section (FYS 103-Intro to teaching) is not FYE, but for prospective students only. The other sections are: COMM 140, (2) ENG 110, and MATH 101/FYE 101.

32 students need to take FYE in the spring that did not take it during Fall 2012. Another 68-80 new students are expected to have to take FYE in the Spring. C. Pudlinski included that as long as a student registers and completes FYE, it will not affect their ability to graduate. Other complications may arise, but are unknown at this time.


3.       Update:

a.             Fall FYE enrollment

Fall FYE enrollment remains the same as at the last meeting, with the exception of 2 students who dropped from FT to PT.  Permission is required to drop or withdraw from an FYE course.


b.            Retention & graduation data

First Time/Full Time (FT/FT) retention from 1st year to second year (as reported at the Retention Graduation Council meeting):

Fall 2009 cohort = 81% retention from F '09 to F 10

Fall 2010 cohort = 76% retention from F '10 to F 11

Fall 2011 cohort = 76% retention from F'11 to F 12

C. Pudlinski will be looking at data from the students in the F'11 cohort who did not, for various reasons, enroll in an FYE course to see if the same patterns emerge as were observed in previous cohorts of students who did not enroll in an FYE in their first semester at CCSU.  For example, of the 63 students in the Fall 2011 who did not get an FYE in Fall 2011, there was only 68% retention from F'11 to F'12 (vs. 76% for all students).


c.             Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society

75 students were inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, 160 people attended the induction ceremony. The society received $10 for each inductee, giving them a budget of $750. The students are very active through Facebook. The honor society's student officers have coordinated service projects with veteran affairs, relay for life and an animal shelter. Meg Levvis, Liz Hicks, Ray Hernandez and Chris Pudlinski will continue to work with the honors society.


d.            Living Learning Communities

Enrollment in the Living Learning Communities over the past 3 years = 49 students in 2010, 37 students in 2011, 41 students in 2012.  The committee continues to work to improve participation by students with majors in Athletic Training, Elementary Education, and Engineering.  A fourth theme based community is planned for next fall.  Kris Larsen will offer her course, Return to Middle Earth, paired with an English 110 course, as part of an LLC.  We may not see steady enrollment in LLC's until there is a culture shift on campus that embraces LLC's as a bigger part of our experience. M. Leake suggested that a survey created to formulate with students answers could be beneficial, (i.e. If a student selects an answer in the survey it will determine what question will be asked next, based on their individual answer). Funds that are not used during the semester could be used for an end of the semester event with the LLC's.


4.       Budget update:

a.             Money for campus/community engagement

Only $100 has been encumbered for campus/community engagement.  Although there are several requests pending, faculty must make pre-arrangements for spending funds other than on food service requests.  C. Pudlinski will send a reminder to FYE faculty and to peer leaders that the money is still available and that planning and communication to M. Leake and/or S. Hazan is important.  It was suggested that detailed information, including procedures and suggestions, be provided when faculty are putting their syllabi together in the future.


b.            Ideas for use of faculty development funds

Ideas for use of faculty development funds M. Leake suggested that we have a program in January for all FYE faculty that celebrates their contributions and provides an opportunity to share best practices.  M. Leake will explore costs and locations.  There was consensus that the program be an on-campus event. C. Pudlinski and M. Leake will have more information at the next meeting.


5.       Review/handout: FYE student assessment survey (any suggested changes?)

C. Pudlinski shared the five basic goals as part of the strategic planning for the Board of Regents: Successful first year, student success, affordability/sustainability, innovation/economic growth, and equality.  While they emphasize the importance of a successful first year, C. Pudlinski noted that that should include academic success (Deans List, not on Academic Probation) and not only retention to second year.

The committee reviewed the current FYE survey. C. Pudlinski will make the appropriate changes suggested, and provide a revised copy next meeting. A suggestion was made to create a survey through IT to analyze the data in a way to make the information easier to utilize. J. Conway suggested SPSS as a possible system. C. Pudlinski will explore possibilities of a better way to analyze the FYE survey data.


6.       Discussion/brainstorming: How can we make FYE even better?

This will be discussed at the next meeting. All committee members were asked to think about ways to make FYE even better.



7.       Discussion/update: Peers and first-year students (Blue Devils Advocates, peer leaders, etc.)

L. Braun presented suggestions on combining the PL and BDA programs. Below are some of her  suggestions, which also included some structural changes to the FYE 301 class.

Peer Leader / BDA Integration


Peer Leader


Increase campus engagement and foster successful transition into CCSU through in classroom activities/presence.

Increase campus engagement and foster successful transition into CCSU through out of classroom activities/presence.



Peer Leader


         Faculty members not allowing peer leaders to speak/incorporate their ideas.

         At minimum, peer leaders are required to do one 50 minute classroom presentation and to merely attend each FYE session.

         Not required for freshmen.

         Costly (BDAs are paid).

         Freshmen who already have a Peer Leader tend not to respond to BDA.


E. DeGrandpre mentioned that there are 217 first year students in the BDA program, 98 students know about the program and 119 have not responded to participate in the program. More specific and up to date numbers will be configured for the next meeting.


C. Pudlinski suggested that the February meeting be focused on assessing the Peer Leader and Blue Devils Advocates program.


8.       Do we need a policy on research access to FYE students and classes?

This will be discussed at the next meeting.

9.       Do we need a policy/recommendation on amount of guest lecturers in FYE sections?

This will be discussed at the next meeting.

10.   (Still need) Representative for the Committee on Academic Advising

This will be discussed at the next meeting.


11.   Other business?

The next committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 12th from 11:30-1pm in RVAC106.

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