Changing Institutional Culture for First-Year Students and Those Who Teach Them (Smith, 2003)

This article, written by Raymond Smith from Indiana University Bloomington. It was featured in About Campus in 2003. Smith details an initiative put in place by the university to improve retention by enhancing the experience for first-year students. He argues that the changes that took place were surprisingly “far reaching and profound” (p. 3).

The university’s broad range of initiatives included twelve specifically funded by the Lilly Endowment:

  1. Revising orientation to facilitate transition
  2. Revising key introductory courses
  3. Providing critical literacy courses
  4. Revising the mathematics curriculum
  5. Establishing the core curriculum
  6. Creating freshman interest groups
  7. Developing additional thematic living units
  8. Improving residence hall staff selection and
    training
  9. Increasing mentoring opportunities for
    minority and underachieving students
  10. Improving academic advising for undecided
    and upper-division students
  11. Integrating career development into the
    major
  12. Coordinating campus retention effort

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