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Title: Freshman Intensive Studies Summer 2008 Family Orientation


1
Freshman Intensive Studies Summer 2008 Family
OrientationStudent Program
  • Your Q A for Everything FIS!
  • Presented by
  • Mark Sapara, Assistant Dean and Director of FIS
  • Prof. Mary Ford, Assistant Director/Learning
    Specialist

2
Features of the FIS Program
  • All students enter as Undeclared majors in Becton
    College of Arts Sciences
  • Most students will have a reduced credit load
    during the first semester (13-14 credits,
    depending on major)Fall 2008 schedules are
    created by FIS
  • FIS pre-selected courses in English, Math and
    Social Sciences
  • An additional hour of instructional support for
    pre-selected courses
  • Individual and Group Learning Assistance, Study
    Groups and Academic Skills Workshops
  • FIS-only Freshman Seminars
  • Midterm Grade Reporting/Academic Alert

3
Learning Assistance and Academic Support
  • Individual appointments with a full-time Learning
    Specialist to work on study skills and learning
    strategies
  • Group Workshops on Academic Skills
  • Study Groups
  • Writing Assistance
  • Reading Strategies
  • Paired Courses
  • Learning Communities

4
What Types of Workshops are Available to FIS
Students?
  • Classroom Etiquette
  • Time Management
  • Note-Taking Skills
  • Test Preparation Test-Taking Strategies
  • Memory Techniques
  • Reading Strategies
  • Research Strategies
  • The Writing Process

5
Midterm Grade Reporting/Academic Alert
  • In October and March, faculty teaching FIS
    classes will submit a midterm grade for each
    student.
  • The average of those grades will determine a
    students academic standing with FIS at midterms.
  • Students receive a printed midterm grade report
    which includes the number of absences reported by
    the professor.
  • The report is accompanied by a letter which
    explains any restrictions or further steps to be
    taken by the student. FIS reserves the right to
    reduce a students course load at this point.
  • In the fall semester, students below a 2.0 at
    midterms will be restricted from participation in
    co-curricular activities, including Athletics and
    Clubs/Organizations. In the spring, FIS will
    determine the appropriate restrictions for
    students below a 2.0, including the possibility
    of a reduction in course load as well as
    restricting participation in co-curricular
    activities, particularly Athletics and Greek Life.

6
Two additional financial benefits
  • Two (2) Tuition-Free courses (6 credits) during
    the 1st Summer Session 2009 (May 26-July 3) taken
    at the College at Florham OR Metropolitan Campus
  • (course fees and housing not included)
  • 2,000 annually renewable grant (up to 3
    additional years) for students who successfully
    complete the FIS program.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA by the end of the
    summer session with 28 credit hours successfully
    completed for the year, including non-credit
    developmental courses.

7
Academic Performance for FIS students in 2007-2008
  • 2007-2008 Student Profile
  • 78 students entered FIS 73 completed Spring 2008
    (94)
  • High School GPAs ranged from 1.9 to 3.8 (28
    above a 3.0)
  • Average HS GPA of 2.69
  • SAT scores range from 730-1040
  • Verbal (370 to 550) 446 Avg.
  • Math (330 to 580) 439 Avg.
  • Writing (310 to 560) 439 Avg.
  • Academic Standing at end of Spring 2008
  • 25 gt 3.0 ? Highest GPA 3.567
  • 33 between 2.5-2.99
  • 30 between 2.0-2.499
  • 12 lt 2.0 ?

8
Misconceptions about FIS
  • It is going to be easier for the student.
  • As long as students do the work and try hard,
    they will pass.
  • FIS is a guarantee that the student will succeed
    academically.
  • FIS is for those not admitted to the Regional
    Center for Students with Learning Disabilities.
  • Only FIS students take Developmental
    (pre-college) classes for no college credit.
  • FIS students are completely segregated from their
    peers.
  • The FIS staff will serve as the go-between for
    the faculty and student.
  • The FIS staff knows everything that takes place
    between the student and professor.
  • FIS can fix your roommate conflict, financial aid
    problem or quality of food in the cafeteria.
  • FIS will chase after students to make sure they
    are on the right track.
  • The FIS staff can anticipate everything students
    want to know about the university and its
    policies.
  • FIS will contact parents when the student is not
    performing well academically.

9
Students with Learning Disabilities
What support can you get as an FIS student? What is not provided by FIS?
If eligible, FIS students will receive accommodations, as determined by the Director of Special Student Services in compliance with ADA standards The Learning Specialist offers assistance in general academic and study skills We do not inform professors of students accommodations We do not provide specific Meta-cognitive Strategies for diagnosed learning disabilities We do not proctor exams for students given extra time as part of their accommodations
10
How does a student go about receiving
accommodations?
  • Contact Dr. Brian Mauro, Dean of Students,
    immediately to review the IEP and determine if
    you are eligible for accommodations.
  • (973-443-8935)
  • Students are asked to report any accommodations
    to their professors at the beginning of the
    semester, even though professors are notified by
    letter of any accommodations. Students MUST NOT
    wait until the day of the testinstructors need
    time to make necessary arrangements.
  • Students do not have to report their
    accommodations to the FIS staffit is optional.

11
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • What is it?
  • FEDERAL LAW ENACTED 1974
  • PROTECTS THE PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS
  • Except for directory information, the university
    cannot release confidential educational records
    (example grades transcripts) without student
    authorization

12
What if the student signs the FERPA Waiver Form
granting consent?
  • Since FERPA pertains to educational records, the
    waiver form does not entitle parents or guardians
    to receive information about students progress
    (including grades) during the FIS year.
  • The FIS staff can meet with parents or guardians
    only with the student present.
  • No information regarding grades and progress can
    be given out over the phone to anyone, including
    the student.

13
What resources are available to the student
regarding FIS policies and procedures?
  • FIS Information Booklet (given at the Orientation
    Breakfast in August)
  • Learning Assistance Information Booklet
  • FIS Contract
  • FIS Web site
  • FIS Blackboard site
  • FIS Facebook Group
  • Advising Packets given out in October and March
  • College Catalog (available in Admissions)
  • College Writing Handbook (given out in September
    in all writing classes)

14
What does FIS expect from you?
  • To rise to the high academic standards set by
    FDU, regardless of your profile as an incoming
    student
  • To be open to new learning and study strategies
    that may differ from what you experienced in high
    school
  • To seek assistance, advice and support when
    needed
  • To communicate your challenges and successes to
    your parents and relatives
  • To take charge in problem-solving, including
    conflict resolution, and not rely on others to do
    it for you

15
What is the Key to Success in FIS.?
  • What matters most is what students do, not who
    they are.
  • -The National Survey of Student Engagement-

16
And Now
  • Any Questions???

17
Freshman Intensive Studies Summer 2008 Family
OrientationParent Program
  • Your Q A for Everything FIS!
  • Presented by
  • Mark Sapara, Assistant Dean and Director of FIS
  • Prof. Mary Ford, Assistant Director/Learning
    Specialist

18
Features of the FIS Program
  • All students enter as Undeclared majors in Becton
    College of Arts Sciences
  • Most students will have a reduced credit load
    during the first semester (13-14 credits,
    depending on major)Fall 2008 schedules are
    created by FIS
  • FIS pre-selected courses in English, Math and
    Social Sciences
  • An additional hour of instructional support for
    pre-selected courses
  • Individual and Group Learning Assistance, Study
    Groups and Academic Skills Workshops
  • FIS-only Freshman Seminars
  • Midterm Grade Reporting/Academic Alert

19
Learning Assistance and Academic Support
  • Individual appointments with a full-time Learning
    Specialist to work on study skills and learning
    strategies
  • Group Workshops on Academic Skills
  • Study Groups
  • Writing Assistance
  • Reading Strategies
  • Paired Courses
  • Learning Communities

20
What Types of Workshops are Available to FIS
Students?
  • Classroom Etiquette
  • Time Management
  • Note-Taking Skills
  • Test Preparation Test-Taking Strategies
  • Memory Techniques
  • Reading Strategies
  • Research Strategies
  • The Writing Process

21
New for 2008-2009
  • FIS Learning Communities in the residence halls
  • Most students in College Reading will take
    General Psychology as a paired course
  • Paired English and Sociology with Professor
    Khichi
  • Paired Freshman Seminars
  • BUSI 1000 with Professor Hamilton
  • PSYC 1201 with Professor Slutsker
  • ENGW 1100 with Professor Singer

22
Midterm Grade Reporting/Academic Alert
  • In October and March, faculty teaching FIS
    classes will submit a midterm grade for each
    student.
  • The average of those grades will determine a
    students academic standing with FIS at midterms.
  • Students receive a printed midterm grade report
    which includes the number of absences reported by
    the professor.
  • The report is accompanied by a letter which
    explains any restrictions or further steps to be
    taken by the student. FIS reserves the right to
    reduce a students course load at this point.
  • In the fall semester, students below a 2.0 at
    midterms will be restricted from participation in
    co-curricular activities, including Athletics and
    Clubs/Organizations. In the spring, FIS will
    determine the appropriate restrictions for
    students below a 2.0, including the possibility
    of a reduction in course load as well as
    restricting participation in co-curricular
    activities, particularly Athletics and Greek Life.

23
Two additional financial benefits
  • Two (2) Tuition-Free courses (6 credits) during
    the 1st Summer Session 2009 (May 26-July 3) taken
    at the College at Florham OR Metropolitan Campus
  • (course fees and housing not included)
  • 2,000 annually renewable grant (up to 3
    additional years) for students who successfully
    complete the FIS program.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA by the end of the
    summer session with 28 credit hours successfully
    completed for the year, including non-credit
    developmental courses.

24
Academic Performance for FIS students in 2007-2008
  • 2007-2008 Student Profile
  • 78 students entered FIS 73 completed Spring 2008
    (94)
  • High School GPAs ranged from 1.9 to 3.8 (28
    above a 3.0)
  • Average HS GPA of 2.69
  • SAT scores range from 730-1040
  • Verbal (370 to 550) 446 Avg.
  • Math (330 to 580) 439 Avg.
  • Writing (310 to 560) 439 Avg.
  • Academic Standing at end of Spring 2008
  • 25 gt 3.0 ? Highest GPA 3.567
  • 33 between 2.5-2.99
  • 30 between 2.0-2.499
  • 12 lt 2.0 ?

25
Misconceptions about FIS
  • It is going to be easier for the student.
  • As long as students do the work and try hard,
    they will pass.
  • FIS is a guarantee that the student will succeed
    academically.
  • FIS is for those not admitted to the Regional
    Center for Students with Learning Disabilities.
  • Only FIS students take Developmental
    (pre-college) classes for no college credit.
  • FIS students are completely segregated from their
    peers.
  • The FIS staff will serve as the go-between for
    the faculty and student.
  • The FIS staff knows everything that takes place
    between the student and professor.
  • FIS can fix your roommate conflict, financial aid
    problem or quality of food in the cafeteria.
  • FIS will chase after students to make sure they
    are on the right track.
  • The FIS staff can anticipate everything students
    want to know about the university and its
    policies.
  • FIS will contact parents when the student is not
    performing well academically.

26
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • What is it?
  • FEDERAL LAW ENACTED 1974
  • PROTECTS THE PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS
  • Except for directory information, the university
    cannot release confidential educational records
    (example grades transcripts) without student
    authorization

27
What if the student signs the FERPA Waiver Form
granting consent?
  • Since FERPA pertains to educational records, the
    waiver form does not entitle parents or guardians
    to receive information about students progress
    (including grades) during the FIS year.
  • The FIS staff can meet with parents or guardians
    only with the student present.
  • No information regarding grades and progress can
    be given out over the phone to anyone, including
    the student.

28
Students with Learning Disabilities
What support can you get as an FIS student? What is not provided by FIS?
If eligible, FIS students will receive accommodations, as determined by the Director of Special Student Services in compliance with ADA standards The Learning Specialist offers assistance in general academic and study skills We do not inform professors of students accommodations We do not provide specific Meta-cognitive Strategies for diagnosed learning disabilities We do not proctor exams for students given extra time as part of their accommodations
29
How does a student go about receiving
accommodations?
  • Contact Dr. Brian Mauro, Dean of Students,
    immediately to review the IEP and determine if
    you are eligible for accommodations.
  • (973-443-8935)
  • Students are asked to report any accommodations
    to their professors at the beginning of the
    semester, even though professors are notified by
    letter of any accommodations. Students MUST NOT
    wait until the day of the testinstructors need
    time to make necessary arrangements.
  • Students do not have to report their
    accommodations to the FIS staffit is optional.

30
What does FIS expect from students?
  • To rise to the high academic standards set by
    FDU, regardless of their profile as an incoming
    student
  • To be open to new learning and study strategies
    that may differ from what they experienced in
    high school
  • To seek assistance, advice and support when
    needed
  • To communicate their challenges and successes to
    parents and relatives
  • To take charge in problem-solving, including
    conflict resolution, and not rely on others to do
    it for them

31
Are you a Helicopter Parent?
  • Are you in constant contact with your student?
  • Are you in regular contact
  • with school administration?
  • Do you make your student's
  • academic decisions?
  • Do you call or text your student
  • several times a day?
  • Do you read your students email?
  • Do you feel it is your responsibility
  • to solve personal problems for your student?
  • Do you feel you have failed if
  • your student does poorly?

32
What are the Negative Effects of Helicopter
Parenting?
  • Students do not learn how to advocate for
    themselves.
  • Students do not develop problem-solving skills,
    often relying on parents to work it out for
    them.
  • Parents feel more anxiety.
  • Administrators spend time that could be devoted
    to students trying to alleviate parents worries
    and concerns.

33
How can you help without hovering?
  • Stay out of roommate, social, and grading
    disputes.
  • Take a coaching role in areas of academics,
    finances, and student life.
  • Be aware of the difference between helpful
    involvement and unproductive hovering.
  • Encourage your student to communicate openly with
    you about their academic performance, rather than
    expecting the university to take on this
    responsibility.
  • Model good choices for your students (ex. Do not
    plan a family vacation during the semester do
    not allow your student to miss a class or exam to
    come home)
  • Encourage students to contact FIS if there is a
    problem or concern. Dont do it for them.
  • Encourage students to get involved in campus
    lifestudents who connect with their university
    often perform better academically!

34
Important Information for Parents
  • Remind your student that the FIS Breakfast
    Orientation is Tuesday, August 26th at 1000am in
    Lenfell Hall.
  • If your student has a disability, contact Dr.
    Brian Mauro before the start of the semester.
    Have all accommodations in place before school
    begins.
  • Review Resources for Parents on the FIS Web
    site.
  • Be aware of university policy for extended
    absences (more than a week, contact the Dean of
    Students Office).
  • Summer Session 2009 begins Tuesday, May 26th and
    runs through Friday, July 3rd. Please plan family
    vacations accordingly.

35
What is the Key to Success in FIS.?
  • What matters most is what students do, not who
    they are.
  • -The National Survey of Student Engagement-

36
And Now
  • Any Questions???
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