Center for Faculty Excellence

Faculty Focus on First Year Students

The Faculty Senate Undergraduate Student Success Committee has strongly recommended more professional development opportunities for faculty in the area of classroom instruction, with a focus on first year students.

Our first professional development event was

Freshmen Culture Shock: From High School to a University Campus

The goals of this ½ day event was to understand the difficulty many first generation low income students have in navigating the new university culture, and to consider teaching and advising strategies to assist with this transition.

Arleen Arnsparger, key note speaker, will structure her presentation around video clips of students, who were interviewed at the end of high school and then during freshmen year. The student's stories are compelling and suggest approaches to teaching and advising.


Handouts and additional information from all of the event speakers are available below :

Breakout sessions


Arleen Arnsparger Implications of what students tell us
John Brentar and Toni Marquard (CSU) Classroom management in lower division classes
William Beasley (CSU) How faculty can help freshmen with time management
Brian Harper (CSU) Simple research-based classroom strategies that encourage retention

Follow-up Lunch time Brown Bag discussions will take place from 12 - 1pm on the following dates:

Save the dates!




  • September 20, 2012 / noon - 1pm / MC 103 - What strategies are successfully engaging students in our Classrooms.
  • October 16, 2012
  • December 4, 2012 - TBA