"Introduction to Higher Education OR100"
Introduction to Higher Education – OR100-15 Fall 2006 INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John Nosek. 122 Pasteur Hall. Ext 2494. firstname.lastname@example.org SCHEDULE: This is a one-credit course that meets Wednesdays at 3:00. Format for each class meeting may vary, but will include informal lectures, guest speakers, activities, and other presentations. We will meet in room 237 Pasteur Hall for our weekly class. OFFICE HOURS: Hours available for consultation outside of class time will be posted on my office door, or by appointment as requested. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to give incoming first-year students an introduction to the skills and information helpful to a successful college experience. Study skills, University services, activities, opportunities, and resources are some of the areas on which we will focus. Students are entering a new and unfamiliar environment as they enter college for the first time. This course is aimed at easing that transition. EVALUATION AND GRADING: This course is graded as Pass/No Credit. Assignments will be administered at appropriate intervals during the course of the semester. You will be required to complete and hand-in all assignments on the specified dates. Your overall evaluation will be based upon attendance, participation, and timely completion of assignments. You are expected to attend all classes. You are solely responsible for all material covered during any missed class. ACADEMIC HONESTY: You are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty. Cheating or any misrepresentation of the work of others as your own will result in a grade of zero for that assignment. More severe sanctions may be enforced as well. Review the Academic Integrity Policy as stated in the WSU catalog. ASSIGNMENTS: One of the requirements of the course will be to select and attend a series of events on campus and/or in Winona. Throughout the semester each student will attend one activity from each of the following categories: SOCIAL: organized dorm activities, group/club activities, athletic events, campus activities, etc….. ACADEMIC/EDUCATIONAL: guest lecturers, performances, documentaries, exhibitions, workshops, etc…. CULTURAL: diversity awareness events, performances, museum presentations, etc…. Since there is a degree of overlap between these categories students will be allowed to define, within reason, the category into which an activity may be placed. For example, attending a university theater production may be either Academic/Educational or Cultural. Each student will attend three events, one from each category. Following the event, a written summary of the activity and what you gained from it will be required. Due dates for the assignments are listed in the schedule that follows. All assignments must be typed and printed. I certainly expect well written and proofed material. Poorly written work will be returned for revision before it is accepted. A word of advice: running spell-check on a document is not the same as proofreading! Other assignments may be required throughout the semester. Further details will be provided if and when such assignments are made. Group assignments may also be required. NUTS AND BOLTS: This course can be a great help to you if you allow it to be. Keep an open mind and don’t assume this is just a blow-off course merely because it is Pass/No Credit. But, it is OK to have some fun with this course, too. Date Activity for the week Assignments 08/23 Introductions, Dear Me, a few logistics. 08/30 Course introduction, Syllabus, Classroom Dear Me assignment due Etiquette 09/06 The Ideals, Student involvement, Activities assignment 09/13 WSU Academic Resources Richard Kotovich 09/20 Winona Women’s Resource Center Valerie Williams 09/27 Kevin Kearney - Winona Police Department 1st Activity paper due Community Liaison Officer 10/04 Career Services Beth Larsen 10/11 Elizabeth Burke WSU Counseling Services 10/18 Study Skills Maggie McDermott 10/25 Registration Advising 2nd Activity paper due University Studies 11/01 Registration Advising Biology 11/08 TBA 11/15 Health and Wellness – Mind and Body 3rd Activity paper due Alisha Dean 11/22 Thanksgiving Break. Go have some fun 11/29 Where are we now? Dear Me revisited. 12/06 Semester Wrap-up