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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

June 23, 2008

Grant to help sustain UW-Green Bay's First Year Seminar

GREEN BAY - The University of Wisconsin System's Office of Professional and Instructional Development awarded UW-Green Bay a $37,910 grant to help sustain the University's First Year Seminar Program.

The program began at UW-Green Bay as a result of first-year students scoring statistically lower than students at other similar colleges at most aspects of educational engagement. To increase student engagement, UW-Green Bay faculty delivered six general education sections in a seminar format during the 2006 school year, capping each section at 25 students.

Based on positive results and student success, the program has expanded to include 15 freshman seminars for the fall of 2008.

"This program has shown proven success, and it will continue to prosper and increase the interaction students have with their professors, their classmates and the rest of the campus community," said Donna Ritch, associate dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "With this grant funding, we can now share information about the program with our colleagues at other UW System institutions."

The program limits student enrollment in select classes to enhance freshman ties to the University. With it, freshman students are further engaged with the campus community, have more socialization with their peers and have improved retention rates.

The grant will help program developers:

Create a workshop that UW-Green Bay faculty can "take on the road" to various UW System institutions to train faculty interested in teaching first year seminars;

Establish a faculty development Web site for first year seminar faculty;

Create a comprehensive faculty development handbook for a First Year Seminar program.

The objectives will be completed over the next two years and provide a dynamic resource for first year programs across the system.

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