Signature First-Year Experiences: 
Creating a distinctive first-year
experience in- and out-of-the classroom


Sam Spiegel, PhD, Trefny Center
Colin Terry, CASA

Core curriculum committee

1st & Second Year Experience Committee 2015
1. 
Reduce/eliminate sources of frustration for
students in our curriculum
2. 
Improve the active learning and hands-on nature
3. 
Improve and deepen relationships in first year
4. 
Improve integration of the educational
experience
5. 
Make potential pathways and majors easily
visible

Learning across their college experiences

Learning across their college experiences
Learning across their experiences at Mines

Learning across their college experiences
Learning across their experiences at Mines
Program learning outcomes

Learning across their college experiences
Learning across their experiences at Mines
Program learning outcomes
Program learning outcomes

Learning across their college experiences
Learning across their experiences at Mines
Program learning outcomes
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Learning across their college experiences
Study abroad
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Club
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COURSE DDD
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Program learning outcomes
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Learning across their college experiences
Learning across their experiences at Mines
Program learning outcomes
COURSE AAA
COURSE BBB
COURSE CCC
COURSE DDD
COURSE DDD
COURSE AAA
COURSE BBB
COURSE CCC
COURSE DDD
COURSE AAA
COURSE BBB
Program learning outcomes
COURSE AAA

Learning across their college experiences
Learning across their experiences at Mines
Program learning outcomes
COURSE AAA
COURSE BBB
COURSE CCC
COURSE DDD
COURSE DDD
COURSE AAA
COURSE BBB
COURSE CCC
COURSE DDD
COURSE AAA
COURSE BBB
Program learning outcomes
COURSE AAA

Let’s focus on YEAR 1
¨༊  What are the experiences and/or outcomes we
want for all students in year 1?
¨༊  How can we create and support the richest learning
opportunities for first-year students?

What if we built it as a single course?
¨༊  Brainstorming session:
¤༊  Just to think about what might we want out of 1st year
(not getting bogged down into single content areas)
¨༊  A single year one course design to focus outcomes
and coherence
¨༊  A single out-of-class experience design
¨༊  Define as a foundation to build to major or
graduation: Not isolated experience

Work in small groups
Have a recorder who will write or type the top 5 points/
ideas of the discussion. Represent the whole group.

¨༊  What are the experiences and/or outcomes we want
for all students in year 1?
¨༊  How can we create and support the richest learning
opportunities for first-year students?

Contact us to follow up
¨༊  Colin Terry - cterry@mines.edu
¨༊  Sam Spiegel – sspiegel@mines.edu

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