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Freshman Interest Group Resources

FSU Initiative

Current: Freshman Interest Groups: Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) were developed as a part of the Re-imagining the First-Year of College Initiative.  Main Ways FIGs differ from LCs:

Learning Communities (Prior) Freshman Interest Groups (Re-Imagined)
Full Sections of Courses Reserved for Incoming First-Time Freshman Only Reserved Seating (a certain number of seats in a section are reserved for incoming First-Time Freshman, the rest of the section is filled with currently enrolled students, transfer students, and Early College students)
Faculty worked together and participated in shared assignments Faculty are expected to teach their course as usual and use BroncoConnect to document attendance, student success (kudos), and student obstacles (flags); as well as use the calendar to post office hours for students to make appointments
Students registered themselves for their LC course and an unrestricted list of courses at First Steps Students are pre-registered for 12+ credit hours based on intended major or the male/female initiative and pre-placement criteria; courses registered for at First Steps are limited.


Examples of FIGs at Other Institutions:

The Past: Learning Communities

  • 2014: Bronco Men and Women Living-Learning Communities
  • 2013: FSU faculty may submit a proposal for consideration. Right-click on the link, save the file to your hard drive, then complete, and send to the Dean of University College.
  • Learning Communities Workshop (Thursday, May 19, 2005, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Chancellor's Dining Room). This was a hands-on workshop for FSU faculty interested in creating a learning community. The facilitator was Dr. David Schoem, Faculty Director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program, a nationally acclaimed learning community and service learning program at the University of Michigan.
  • Learning Communities @ FTCC: Fayetteville Technical Community College has developed a strong and growing Learning Communities initiative. Members of the FTCC Learning Communities Team presented on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 12:30 in the Chancellor's Dining Room:
    • Carl Mitchell, Dean of College Transfer
    • Chris Diorietes, Mathematics
    • Beverly Hall, Mathematics
    • Jerry Ittenbach, Physics/Chemistry
    • Vicki Pate, Social Science
  • Learning Community Interest Meeting Wed., Jan 30, 2008, noon, Chancellor's Dining Room.

Living-Learning Community Literature

FSU is expanding and deepening its learning communities initiative by incorporating a residential experience into selected communities.

  • The Residential Learning Communities International Clearinghouse: Sponsored by Bowling Green State University. Includes links to many examples of living-learning communities.
  • The Learning Communities National Resource Center: Evergreen State College pioneered learning communities and hosts the website of the National Learning Communities Project.
    • The Directory contains 88 examples of living-learning communities. Search the Directory for structure/model = residential living/learning community.
  • C. Ryan Akers and Merrily S. Dunn, Ph.D, "Living/Learning Communities: An Annotated Bibliography," 2002.
  • Examples
    • Appalachian State Residential Learning Communities
    • UNC-Charlotte
    • UNC-Greensboro Living-Learning Communities
    • UNC-Wilmington
    • University of Illinois Living-Learning Communities
  • Michigan Community Scholars Program
  • Readings recommended by Dr. David Schoem
  • Creating Community on College Campuses
  • Geri Rasmussen and Elizabeth Skinner, Integrated Learning Communities: a study by two instructors at the Maricopa County Community College District
  • Examples
    • Temple University
    • Iowa State University
    • Wright State University
    • Appalachian State University
    • Fayetteville Technical Community College
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