Nine Characteristics of Successful First-Year Seminars
As reported by Barefoot and Fidler (1996), -it has been observed that "successful" seminars - those that enjoy strong, broad-based institutional support and long life - are those that exhibit the characteristics listed below. Although there are exceptions to this list and many possible additions to it, both empirical evidence and the collective experience of professionals at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition confirm the importance of these nine characteristics.
From Barefoot, B., & Fidler, P. (1996). The 1994 National Survey of Freshman Seminar Programs: Continuing Innovations in the Collegiate Curriculum (Monograph No. 20). National Resource Center for The Freshman Year Experience & Students in Transition. University of South Carolina.
for Success in Teaching First-Year Seminars
Building upon Diane Strommer's "Teaching first-year college students: ten tips for success" in Solid Foundations: building success for first year seminars through instructor training and development, the following are additional tips suggested for success in teaching first-year seminars.
Strommer, D.W. (1999) Teaching first-year college students: ten tips for success. In M.S. Hunter & T.L. Skipper (Eds) Soild Foundations, Building success for first-year seminars through training and development (Monograph No.29)(pp.39-52). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.