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Helping First-Year Students Make the Transition to College

As faculty who work with and teach first-year students we often find ourselves with opportunities to advise students on their academic advancement. I came across this article which speaks to our role as advisors, and may support us with the important role of guiding our students.

Helping First-Year Students Make the Transition to College through Advisor-Researcher Collaboration
Joshua S. Smith, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
David Yun Dai, University at Albany, State University of New York
Bruce P. Szelest, University at Albany, State University of New York


Tech Nation Podcast, The Runaway Species

What drives humans to creative and to innovate?

Well, this podcast explores just that question.  Start at the 30 minute mark of the podcast to listen to Anthony Brandt,  Rice University music professor and David Eagleman, Stanford neuroscientist. 

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CUNY 1st Orientation Institute

Dear all,

As you likely know, some members of the First-year Experience Committee, and more representatives form City Tech, spent one day at City College on April 7th to attend the first CUNY Orientation Institute and discuss/share orientation practices. We had two keynote speakers: Dr. Lynette Cook-Francis (Vice President of Student Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Dr. Felicia McGinty (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Rutgers University-New Brunswick). I am sharing PDF’s with their presentations and also some links with audio files of their talks (quality is not the best, but it should be fine). There, you will find what they consider the essentials of good orientation experiences.

Keynote Speaker Dr Felicia McGinty Keynote Speaker Dr Lynette Cook-Francis Program 2017

Additionally, there was a discussion panel and breakout sessions, one of them conducted by Dorie Clay.

Overall, it was a great experience and we came with useful information to process and likely implement.

First Year

As we think about changing our own first year programs at City Tech, know that we are among a large group of institutions addressing the same concerns. What makes our college unique to others? How do we capitalize on what makes our college unique?