Topic: Retaining & Engaging First Year Students
First Year student schedules are dominated by General Education; therefore, first and second year retention and persistence efforts must be grounded in strong GE programs. Sacramento State’s General Education has been re-envisioned to foster necessary connections: with students, faculty, within the curriculum and community, and through piloting an e-Portfolio.
Faculty and research teams in first-year LLCs and capstones developed integrated models. Team consultants and faculty created course content, activities, assignments, and assessments for their impact on communication, critical thinking, and information literacy in the research process, integrated learning, and teamwork. Material and preliminary results are shared.