A cadre of faculty and staff are serving on the Lower Division Task Force and coordinating efforts to ensure that the University community is prepared for the arrival of our first year students. While the work to prepare for their arrival is daunting, the payoff to our campus culture will be great. Enrolling four-year students will ensure that the GSU student body has more continuity. As four year students, they will have more time to devote to educationally enriching activities such as internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research. And as educators, we’ll witness first-hand the growth in our students over four years at such formative times in their lives. These are just a few of the experiences that will energize the campus culture as a result of enrolling four-year students.
But do we know “who” they will be? Certainly our FC14 students will be very different than our “traditional” non-traditional students. And those differences will influence how we prepare our courses, our programs, and how we communicate with them. Oh, and they have parents too! The FC14 LibGuide has been ably constructed by the Library Team to support the upcoming “Who might our FC14 students be?” workshop series that kicks off May 22 and runs through June 12, with a presentation by Dr. Diane Dean, co-author of “Generation on a tightrope: A portrait of today’s college student.” All of which are free and open to the entire GSU community. However, the FC14 LibGuide will continue to evolve to include our very own InMotion Newsletters, new research and literature on our new students.