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APSU 1000

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Course Description

Description from Undergraduate Bulletin: An interdisciplinary course which provides students with the foundations for a successful university experience by integrating an introduction to the liberal arts with an orientation toAPSU expectations. Emphasis is given to the meaning, values, and goals of a liberal education as students engage in academic and career planning, use the tools for information literacy, develop good academic habits, and become involved in campus life. Class begins during Freshman Orientation. Required for all first time freshmen and students who enter APSU with fewer than 12 hours earned in a college/university setting. Student must remain enrolled in APSU 1000 until a grade of C is earned; no student who has earned 12 hours or more may enroll except those students who have two DSP requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete APSU 1000 from Austin Peay State University will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:

  • Attain a basic level of experience in critical inquiry and research.
  • Understand the role of a student as a contributing part of the university community by participating in campus cultural or recreational activities.
  • Develop a comprehensive academic and career development plan leading to matriculation and career path. 

Course Objectives

Through successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the value of the general education core in living a well-rounded life and the value of a university education.
  • Develop a support group of peers while negotiating the transition to college.
  • Become familiar with the history and culture of APSU, including its policies and procedures.
  • Improve critical thinking, communication, research, academic success, and decision-making skills.
  • Explore interests and set personal goals for careers and academic majors.
  • Learn about and participate in campus resources, activities, and organizations that enhance academic and personal development.
  • Examine personal and societal issues faced by first-year students.
  • Demonstrate student responsibility in academic advising, class attendance, being prepared for class, classroom behavior, and adhering to deadlines.

Peer Mentors

Each section of APSU 1000 is supported by a successful student. These students attend all class meetings, support the APSU 1000 instructors, and, just as the title describes, are mentors for the students in their classes. This course meets during freshman orientation, August 23-25th, and once/twice each week beginning August 26 – December 13, 2013. The peer mentor is expected to meet the class each class period and to be available at least one additional hour to assist both the instructor and students as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the course: plan activities to support topics, deliver at least one topic (typically the Four Year Plan), maintain correspondence with students via D2L and APSU Student Email/Live Mail.
  • Assist with freshman orientation, August 23-25, 2012.
  • Attend all weekly class sessions (55 minutes), and assist in the facilitation/presentation of class material and activities. The peer mentor will see that the classroom is in order (equipment stored properly in SMART classrooms, erase board) at the end of the class period.
  • Meet with faculty instructor outside class to facilitate planning.
  • Maintain regular correspondence with the Office of Student Transitions
  • Serve as a role model of positive behavior, representing the University with pride and respect, in and out of the classroom.
  • Facilitate interaction with new students. Engage all students in conversation and activities, including ice breakers, campus tour, and other activities. Meet either one-on-one or in a small group setting with each student at least once outside of class during the semester. (This can include any assistance provided to the small groups for their group projects.)
  • Encourage student involvement on campus. Assist students in becoming connected with opportunities such as Academic Support Center, Student Life and Leadership, SGA, Foy Recreation Center, and student organizations of interest to the student.
  • Serve as a personal resource and contact for the students in your assigned class, sharing with them your experience at APSU and your knowledge of campus resources.
  • Demonstrate the willingness to complete other reasonable tasks requested by the instructor or the Office of Student Transitions.

Job Expectations and Requirements

  • Attend all training sessions. Time and date TBA.
  • Attained sophomore-level standing and a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA; maintain full-time student status and in good standing with Austin Peay State University. Applicants must have no history of formal or informal Student Code of Conduct violations.
  • Be involved in the APSU campus activities and remain current in knowledge of APSU services and expectations.
  • Speak positively of APSU experiences and promote benefits of APSU 1000.
  • Report to each class on time and remain until class is dismissed.

Accountability/Compensation

  • Pairings with classes are based on instructor’s requests, scheduling availability and the needs of the First-Year Program.
  • A $400 - $800 (depending on the class assigned) scholarship.