OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Initiative Background

The First-Year Experience Task Force was convened in spring 2012 by Larry Roper, Vice Provost of Student Affairs. Co-chaired by Susie Brubaker-Cole, Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement, and Mark Hoffman, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College Of Public Health and Human Sciences, to design a plan to improve the quality of the first year experience and contribute to student success in the first year and beyond. 

First-Year Experience Task Force Charge 

  • Design a plan to improve the quality of the first year experience and contribute to student success in the first year and beyond 
  • Develop a compelling vision of how Oregon State should best be configured to deliver optimal support and structure for a coherent first-year experience 
  • Conceptualize an experience that will: 
  • Deepen students’ connection and commitment to Oregon State 
  • Advance best practices in undergraduate education and 
  • Create a signature experience that will be treasured by students  

Released in November 2012, the task force’s report included a series of recommendations to create a pathway for the university to actively foster and reinforce learning and development across all spheres in which our students interact. 

Key goals from the Task Force report: 

  • Increase retention and equity of success across student populations 
  • Create a renewed residential climate built on academic engagement
  • Improve pathways for major exploration and transitions for major-changing 
  • Collect data on early student adaptation and enact early support and interventions for our most vulnerable students 
  • Enhance key first-year curricula to promote deep learning and greater success and engagement 
  • Facilitate individualized student planning for success and engagement including early planning for experiential and applied learning in the upper-division years

View the complete Task Force report.