First Year Seminar Oversight Committee
Annual Report 2012-2013

Members:   B. Brantley, D. Rutledge, M. Strobel, A. Tartaro, P. Thomas (Chair), L. Young M. Pierce, B. Barron D. Hoilett, C. Vaka

The 2012-2013 FYS Faculty Oversight Committee has been a very active and productive committee, meeting regularly throughout the academic year as well as maintaining dialogue via email.

The committee has approved additional funding for approximately 12 FYS/FYW courses, considered/approved or requested revision for approximately 12 proposed FYS/FYW courses, and drafted a new FYS/FYW course proposal template to be implemented summer 2013.

The committee has also revised the student feedback form for Spring 2013 FYS/FYW courses, and initiated plans to revise further those forms.

Faculty FYS/FYW workshops for summer have been re-designed, advertised to faculty, and scheduled for July 8-12 and July 22-26. A 2-day workshop focusing on international students in FYS/FYW has been scheduled tentatively for July 15-16, and selected faculty is currently being invited to participate.

A fall 2012 wine and cheese for FYS/FYW faculty was held, and a joint May X/FYS session was convened during spring 2013.

Drafts of common experiences for FYS/FYW courses are being considered by the committee and will be explored during the summer workshops and possibly in 2013-1014 FYS/FYW courses. The committee is assisting the university is seeking appropriate assessment mechanisms for the FYS/FYW courses related to the stated goals.

The committee facilitated revising the FYS web site (, which has been updated significantly with clarifications, access to resources, and information for students and faculty. Further revisions and additions are being considered for the future as well.

Other topics discussed at meetings include athletes in FYS/FYW and how to increase their success at Furman, the success and support needed for international students (and the expected increase in that population), and how to increase the effectiveness of FYW seminars.

Paul Thomas, Education
Chair 2012-2013

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