The importance of the first college class
“The first courses that incoming freshmen take must be ones that motivate them, engage them in real learning, keep them on track when (for a multiplicity of reasons) they go off track, and give them a sense of belonging and purpose. The “secret sauce” for such courses is instruction by exceptional faculty.”
The quote above comes from a thoughtful blog written by Sue Henderson, President of New Jersey City University, and James Muyskens, former president of Queens College. In this piece, they argue that the first courses a student takes should be taught by the top teaching faculty at the university.
As we begin to rethink our general education curriculum, heeding the advice within this blog would serve us well. Inspiring and motivating our students from day 1 is a critical first step on the path of student success.
Link to the blog here: http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/0716-path