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2009 National Survey of First-Year Seminars: Ongoing Efforts to Support Students in Transition (Research Report No. 2)


Author(s): Padgett, R. D., & Keup, J. R.

Citation: Padgett, R. D., & Keup, J. R. (2011). 2009 National Survey of First-Year Seminars: Ongoing Efforts to Support Students in Transition (Research Report No. 2). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

 

Abstract

Research Reports on College Transitions No. 2. The report presents the findings from the ninth triennial administration of the National Survey of First-Year Seminars, describing the nature and extent of first-year seminars on American college campuses. Drawn from a broad sample of colleges and universities from every institutional type, control, and size, the survey addresses topics including seminar characteristics and administration; student demographics; instructional roles, development, and compensation; and assessment. Organized into thematically focused sections, the research brief is designed to be accessible and informative and to assist both higher education researchers and practitioners to realize the full potential of these seminars on student experiences and outcomes. The report comprises a comprehensive, moment-in-time snapshot of institutional information on first-year seminars and provides a national portrait of practices and structural characteristics for these courses, as well as suggesting emerging areas and future directions.

 

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