FYE Steering Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Attendees: Chris Pudlinski (Chair), Henry Greene,
Meg Leake, Alex Lee, Michele Dischino, & Jacqueline
Approve minutes of September 2013 meeting
Meeting minutes approved
C. Pudlinski reported out on the Alpha Lambda Delta
Honors Society Induction ceremony.
M. Levvis and L. Hicks were in attendance and
reported to C. Pudlinski that the event was well
done. 67 students were inducted and approximately 50
students attended the ceremony.
spoke at the event.
Alpha Lambda Delta will be looking for a new
president of the organization because the current
president is graduating.
C. Pudlinski reported that the Excellence in
Teaching First-Year Seminar Award was submitted on
behalf of K. Larsen.
The provost was extremely impressed with her
research and assessment.
C. Pudlinski reported that there will be three
sections of FYE in the Spring 2014 semester.
The will be one section of COMM 140 offered
and two sections of ENG 110.
Approximately 40 students were not enrolled
in FYE this fall, and there will be new students in
C. Pudlinski predicted that ENG 110 will fill
because approximately 400 students were not able to
enroll in English in the fall.
C. Pudlinski sent an e-mail to CACE with the
list of students who were not enrolled in FYE.
C. Pudlinski reported on the One Book One Community
Living Room Lecture.
The two authors from the book
are coming to campus on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
The Sponsors of the event are SGA and Alpha
(Alpha Lambda Delta is having a blanket
At 3:00pm the six sections of FYE who read
the book have been invited to have a conversation
with the authors.
At 5:00pm the authors will have dinner with
members of SGA and Alpha Lambda Delta.
At 7:15pm the authors will have a Living Room
Lecture in Torp Theatre.
The event is open to the public.
Fliers for the event will be developed this
week and sent out at the end of this week or the
beginning of next week.
M. Leake gave an update on the budget. The budget
has decreased from last year.
C. Pudlinski reported that enrollment is down
which means that there is less tuition income.
C. Pudlinski reported that there is no update on the
future of FYE and a new Faculty Director.
He stated that the President and Provost are
taking the lead on this.
He will send the Provost the list of faculty
names that were generated in the September meeting.
C. Pudlinski reported on the over-use of guest
lecturers in FYE 101 sections.
He asked whether there should be a policy on
M. Leake reported that there is a limit to how many
presentations The Learning Center does for each
M. Leake said that this issue could be addressed
during training to emphasize the value of students
making a connection with faculty members.
C. Pudlinski reported on the review of Fall 2012
assessment and one-year retention rates.
He discussed the results of the FYE survey
(handout) from fall 2012.
He also stated that we lose 10% of the best
students (3.5 GPA or above) from first-year to
second-year (retention) and that 15% of the incoming
class do extremely well (3.5 GPA or above).
C. Pudlinski reported on the planning for online
Fall 2013 FYE learning outcomes assessment.
There was a discussion for creating an online
survey and having students complete it during class
on their smart phones or assigning it as a homework
H. Greene was in support of the online
He said that he attended a conference
recently and CCSU is one of the last places to do
evaluations on paper.
M. Dischino was concerned about cell phone service
in Copernicus because in some of the rooms it is not
very good, but there are computer labs available.
Another concern was with regards to students
completing the survey and ensuring that students do
There is a way to send a receipt to the professor
letting them know that the student has completed it.
Students will complete the survey anonymously
and this will be communicated to the faculty
There was discussion for adding two more questions
to the end of the survey.
M. Leake suggested adding a couple questions:
when you started classes in August did you plan to
stay at CCSU?
Currently, do you intend to graduate from
M. Dischino asked if it was okay to share the parts
of the survey that relate to the peer leader with
the peer leaders.
C. Pudlinski stated that it is okay to share
this information with them.
C. Pudlinski attended an FYE conference last month
that was sponsored by the Center for Higher
Education Retention Excellence.
He reported that it was the first event where
almost every college in Connecticut was represented.
All the CSU's were represented and a lot of
community colleges as well.
The event was hosted at Housatonic Community
C. Pudlinski plans on reporting on what he
learned from the conference at the retention and
graduation meeting this month.
Some of the main focuses were that First-Year
Seminars produce better student outcomes if they
are: elective (not required- students can choose to
take and choose the topic), graded (ours is graded),
use peer leaders, carry sufficient credit hours to
achieve objectives (2 or 3 credits are better than 1
credit), and are linked into a learning community.
He also discussed information from the
Gardner Institute on student retention.
The main points that he focused on were:
paying attention to the core business of the first
year- instruction across the disciplines, and don't
(by policy or lack of policy) allow students to
sabotage their own success (through failure to
require orientation, advising (more than once!),
class attendance, registering on time, entering the
institution on time, and following a set education
H. Greene reported that he has noticed that there is
more school spirit than in the past.
He has seen more of his students wearing CCSU
clothing in class.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 12th at
3:05 p.m. in RVAC317-11.