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.