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AAC&U News covers "Engaging students with high-impact practices at EOU"
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16 March 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - The success of Eastern Oregon University's efforts to engage first-year students is gaining recognition from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
The organization's online newsletter, AAC&U News, features an article about EOU's First-Year Experience curriculum and its involvement with the tri-state initiative to "Give Students a Compass."
"This recognition of our work on high-impact practices underscores yet again the commitment of EOU faculty and staff to providing a high-quality and value-added education to our students and their communities throughout eastern Oregon," said Steve Adkison, provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at EOU.
AAC&U News editor Laura Donnelly-Smith interviewed EOU faculty and administrators for the piece. Sarah Witte, associate vice president of Academic Affairs and acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, spearheaded development of the First-Year Experience program in 2008.
The article highlights EOU's attention to high-impact teaching and learning practices through core courses, including the humanities.
"We wanted our first-year program to be a three-legged stool," Witte is quoted in the article. "It needs to provide academic support features, social opportunities for students to get to know each other and make EOU their home away from home, and also connect students to resources on campus that they might not know about."
Others interviewed include Christy Oliveri, First-Year Experience coordinator, Colleen Dunne-Cascio, director of Student Relations, and Nancy Knowles, associate professor of English and writing.
The electronic publication has a circulation of about 30,0000 among AAC&U member campuses and is available at www.aacu.org.
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