Focusing on the First Year Conference
Focusing on the First Year Conference brings together faculty and staff from across the Columbus and regional campuses to focus on the university's efforts to support the success of first-year students. The most important foundations for college success, and ultimately graduation, are built during the first year. Hosted by First Year Experience each spring semester, the conference is designed to encourage faculty and staff to share ideas about helping first-year students transition successfully to college life at Ohio State.
Focusing on the First Year 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ohio Union
1739 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210
We’re excited to announce that Dr. George Kuh, the founding director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), will be delivering the conference’s keynote address. Dr. Kuh is director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, and the Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University.
Call for proposals
We invite campus colleagues to submit session proposals about topics relevant to the support and transition of first-year students.
Submit a proposal online by noon on Friday, December 4. You will be notified of your session selection in early January.
Outstanding First Year Advocate award nominations
University Orientation and First Year Experience exists to help all new students get started, make connections and get answers. We are proud of the faculty and staff members across campus who contribute to this mission and who help students find academic and personal success during their first year.
During the conference, we will honor up to three individuals who have demonstrated a passion for helping students make the most of their first year, fostered personal connections with or among first-year students, implemented policies that helped make first-year student success possible, and served as a resource to new students. Staff and faculty are encouraged to nominate exceptional peers for this award. Nominees will be evaluated based upon the following:
- Demonstrates a commitment to helping first-year students succeed in academic, co-curricular and personal arenas.
- Collaborates with colleagues across campus to build relationships with new students and implements policies or programs that positively impact first-year students.
- Utilizes innovative practices to engage students and contributes to first-year student learning.
- Seeks to recognize multiple aspects of the first-year experience and develops students in a holistic manner.
To nominate a colleague, please complete the nomination form by December 31, 2015.
Questions? Contact Jenny Osborn at email@example.com.