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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University Bulletin Vol. 50, No. 1
First Week
Fall Semester
Aug. 19, 2002

An invitation for all to participate in a forum for discussion and action ...

Integrating the undergraduate experience from FYE to the capstone with John Gardner

In an effort to improve our ability to effectively integrate a variety of student programs from First Year Experience to collaborative research to the capstone experience, the UW-Eau Claire Office of Academic Affairs is sponsoring a forum for discussion and action titled “Integrating the Undergraduate Experience: From FYE to the Capstone,” Wednesday, Aug. 21.
     “The forum on enhancing student learning builds on last year's forum on the liberal arts,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz. “This forum is designed not only as a way to learn new things, but as a way to keep the idea of integrating various aspects of the undergraduate experience at the forefront throughout the upcoming academic year,” Satz said, adding that the event is geared toward all members of the campus community.
     The forum discussion will be led by John Gardner, a nationally known expert on the undergraduate college experience. For more than 20 years, Gardner has been at the forefront of new educational ideas in higher education. Starting with a movement to make campuses around the world take first-year learning more seriously, Gardner has expanded his efforts and scholarship into the sophomore year, as well as to the capstone experience.
After founding and then working for years at the National Resource Center for the First Year Experiences and Students in Transitions at the University of South Carolina, Gardner founded the Policy Center on the First Year of College at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. He serves as senior fellow there, while he continues an active national and international speaking and consulting career.
     Following Gardner's keynote address, faculty and staff will participate in discussion breakout sessions in the morning to discuss and reflect upon the address. Forum participants also will have the opportunity to share their perspectives on student recruitment, student transitions and student retention during afternoon discussion sessions.
     The discussions will provide ideas that will help guide the major work groups of the Enrollment Planning and Advisory Committee, Satz said. “It is our hope that these discussions also lay the groundwork for additional discussions throughout the year, focusing on the goal of better integrating undergraduate teaching efforts and programs.”
     For more information on the forum, contact Satz at 836-2320 or Interim Director of First Year Experiences Jason Tetzloff at 836-3988.

Forum Agenda
7:45 - 8:15 a.m. — Registration and coffee
Skylight Lounge, Davies Center

8:20 - 10 a.m.
— Keynote address, John Gardner
Schofield Auditorium

10 - 10:15 a.m.
— Coffee, Skylight Lounge

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
— Breakout sessions: “Dealing with Challenges From the Keynote Address”
Davies Center locations

11:30 - noon
— Synthesis: “Challenges for UW-Eau Claire” John Gardner
Schofield Auditorium

Noon - 1 p.m.
— Lunch (on your own)

1 - 1:30 p.m.
— “A Challenge for Action,” John Gardner
Schofield Auditorium

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
— Breakout sessions (choose one)
  • Student Recruitment
  • Student Transitions: Orientation Through the First Year
  • Student Retention

Davies Center Locations

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
— Wrap-up and Q&A with John Gardner
Schofield Auditorium

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Updated: Aug. 19, 2002