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From Orientation Needs to Developmental Realities: The Honors First-Year Seminar in a National Context
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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council Volume 17, Number 1, ISSN 1559-0151

Abstract

The transition into college remains one of the most formative and complex phases in an individual's life. Institutions of higher learning have responded to the challenges facing first-year students in myriad ways, most often by offering summer orientation programs, dynamic living-learning environments, tailored academic and psychological support services, and dedicated first-year seminars (FYSs) that seek to engage students in a range of curricular and co-curricular experiences. However, the honors community lacks a comprehensive analytical framework that might provide an informed approach to the honors FYS. Important topics related to honors FYSs include how prevalent they are on campuses across the U.S.; what distinguishes them from other FYS offerings on campus; what kinds of resources they share with broader-campus programs; what curricular structures and learning outcomes characterize them; and what types of considerations motivate the creation of distinct seminars for first-year honors students. This overview of the honors FYS is based on a national survey of honors programs and colleges conducted in 2014, and addresses these topics.

Citation

Vander Zee, A., Folds-Bennett, T., Meyer-Bernstein, E. & Reardon, B. (2016). From Orientation Needs to Developmental Realities: The Honors First-Year Seminar in a National Context. Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, 17(1), 115-149. Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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