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Definition of "First-Year Student":

The Foundations of ExcellenceŽ Faculty/Staff survey focuses on this institution's organization and delivery of the first year of college. In this survey, the phrase "first-year students," refers to students who have not achieved sophomore standing in terms of credit hours earned. The phrase, "first year of college," encompasses this institution's full range of activities starting with initial recruitment and admissions and continuing in and out of the classroom, until the student obtains sophomore standing.


 Which best describes your main work role/assignment at this institution? If you have a dual role, please choose only one.
 





Understanding Your Role Regarding First-Year Students:

The purpose of this study is to collect perceptions of this institution's practices and policies for the delivery of the first year of college from faculty and staff who have worked at this institution longer than a year and who either have working relationships with first-year students/freshmen or have knowledge of practices and polices that impact first-year students/freshmen.
To present questions that are appropriate for your role, please answer the following question:


 Have you worked at this institution for at least a year?
 




 Do you have direct working relationships with first year students/freshmen and/or have knowledge of institutional practices and policies regarding the first year of college?
 




Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
As a person who is relatively new to this institution or has limited contact with first-year students/knowledge of practices and policies regarding the first-year of college, we are interested in your general perceptions of this institution's role in the first-year.
To what degree does this institution's delivery of the first year:
Demonstrate that the success of first-year students is an important institutional goal? 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Enhance students' personal development? 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Enhance student learning? 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Improve the probability that students will re-enroll at this institution? 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Provide a high quality experience for first-year students? 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
 Please leave comments regarding this institution's first year of college:
 
 Thank you for your time.




Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
Philosophy (a rationale that guides educational goals and practices)
To what degree:
Has an institutional philosophy for the first/freshman year of college been communicated to you 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Has a department/unit philosophy for the first/freshman year of college been communicated to you 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Does this institution operate from a commonly held philosophy for the first/freshman year 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Does your department/unit operate from a commonly held philosophy for the first/freshman year 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Is a formalized institutional philosophy for the first/freshman year of college valuable 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Do you believe that this institution is committed to the success of first-year students/freshmen 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Organization of Institution
Based on your understanding of this institution's organizational structure, to what degree can you correctly refer new students regarding:
Administrative questions 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Questions about academic rules 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Help with coursework 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Help with personal issues (money management, family matters, etc.) 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Becoming involved with an institution-sponsored organization/event 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
First Year Structures
To what degree has this institution effectively organized itself to develop an integrated first college year that supports:
Routine communications among discrete first-year functions 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Collaboration between academic and student affairs 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
To what degree are resources (personnel and fiscal) adequate for the following:
Courses that enroll first-year students 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Academic support services used by first-year students 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Extracurricular activities available to first-year students 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
To what degree:
Are student affairs and faculty partnerships encouraged by senior institution leaders 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Influence
To what degree:
Do you, as a faculty/staff member, have a voice in decisions about first-year issues 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Does your department/unit have a voice in decisions about first-year issues 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Diverse Curriculum and Co-Curriculum
To what degree does this institution's:
Curriculum, as experienced by most first-year students, include appropriate attention to diverse ideas and world views 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Out-of-class activities for first-year students include appropriate attention to diverse ideas and world views 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Diverse Interactions
Within the following groups, to what degree does this institution provide opportunities for first-year students to interact with individuals from differing backgrounds and cultures:
Other students at this institution 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Faculty and staff 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
People outside this institution 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
To what degree does this institution communicate to first-year students the importance of:
Respecting others with differing opinions 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Student Sub-populations
During the first year, to what degree does this institution address the unique needs of the following student sub-populations:
Honors students 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Students with academic deficiencies 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Students with learning disabilities 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Students with physical disabilities 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Student athletes 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Racial/ethnic minority students 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Reasons for Education
To what degree does this institution help first-year students explore the following purpose of higher education:
Knowledge for personal growth 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Preparation for future employment 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Active engagement in the community 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Contributions to the betterment of society 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
To what degree does this institution help first-year students explore their motivation for getting a college education in terms of:
Achievement of their life goals 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Educational Opportunities and Goals
To what degree does this institution assure that all first-year students experience:
Individualized attention from faculty/staff 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Out-of-class learning opportunities 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
To what degree:
Do you understand this institution's intended educational goals for the first/freshman year of college 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Professional Development
To what degree are you engaged in the following professional activities focusing on the first year:
Attending conferences or workshops at this institution 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Attending national/regional conferences or meetings 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Reading professional materials 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Presenting at conferences or contributing to publications 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Importance of Work
To what degree is faculty involvement with first-year students considered important by:
Institution leaders 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Your department/unit leader 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Your colleagues 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Teaching First-Year Students
 In the previous two years, have you taught a class at this institution that predominantly enrolled first-year students (excluding the current semester/quarter)?
 




Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
To what degree is excellence in teaching first-year students acknowledged, recognized, and/or rewarded by:
Faculty colleagues 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Department/unit leader 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Institution leaders 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
For the following questions, please consider your courses that enroll first-year students/freshmen, if any.
For your course(s) that enroll(s) first-year students, to what degree do you:
Communicate your academic expectations to students 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Encourage students to ask questions in class 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Effectively manage student behavior in class 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Initiate communication, early in the term, with students who are performing poorly 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Encourage students to participate in course-related out-of-class events (e.g., lectures, concerts, exhibits) 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Make yourself available to students outside of class 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
For your course(s) that enroll(s) first-year students, to what degree:
Were specific learning goals developed 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Was achievement of student learning goals documented 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable




Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
Hiring Process
During the hiring process at this institution, to what degree are faculty responsibilities related to first-year students addressed by means of the following:
Position descriptions 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Candidate interviews 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
 Were you hired within the last 5 years?
 
Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
If yes, during the new faculty orientation at this institution, to what degree were your responsibilities related to first-year students addressed? 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable




Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
Standards of Behavior
To what degree does this institution communicate to first-year students the importance of:
Standards of behavior in an academic community 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Academic honesty 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Acknowledging the source of ideas not their own 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Ethical conduct 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
To what degree does this institution:
Assure that all first-year students experience academic support outside the classroom 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Response Key
    Excellent  
    Good    
    Fair    
    Poor    
    Very Poor    
Academic Advising
Please rate:
The overall effectiveness of academic advising for first-year students at this institution 1 (1) Very Poor 2 (2) Poor 3 (3) Fair 4 (4) Good 5 (5) Excellent
 Are you currently an official academic advisor to one or more first-year student(s)?
 




Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
In advising first-year students, to what degree do you:
Help them select courses 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Discuss what it takes for them to be academically successful 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Discuss their future enrollment plans (stay, drop-out, transfer) 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Have adequate training to effectively address their needs 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable




Response Key
    Very High  
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
Use of Assessment
To what degree has the following information directly influenced your work with first-year students:
Demographic information from this institution's databases 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Measures of pre-enrollment academic skills from this institution's databases 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Academic skills measured after one semester/quarter or more 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Measures of student time spent studying 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Measures of student alcohol consumption 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Current practices at other institutions 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Professional / published research 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Student evaluations, assessments, or feedback 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High
Response Key
    Excellent  
    Good    
    Fair    
    Poor    
    Very Poor    
Overall, please rate this institution's assessment capabilities relevant to the first year of college:
Assessing what's relevant 1 (1) Very Poor 2 (2) Poor 3 (3) Fair 4 (4) Good 5 (5) Excellent
Disseminating results in a timely manner 1 (1) Very Poor 2 (2) Poor 3 (3) Fair 4 (4) Good 5 (5) Excellent
Using results for improvement 1 (1) Very Poor 2 (2) Poor 3 (3) Fair 4 (4) Good 5 (5) Excellent




Response Key
  Don't know/Not applicable  
    Very High    
    High    
    Moderate    
    Slight    
    Not at all    
OVERALL EVALUATION
To what degree does this institution's delivery of the first year:
Demonstrate that the success of first-year students is an important institutional goal 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Enhance students' personal development 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Enhance student learning 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Improve the probability that students will re-enroll at this institution 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Provide a high quality experience for first-year students 1 (1) Not at all 2 (2) Slight 3 (3) Moderate 4 (4) High 5 (5) Very High Don't know/Not applicable
Categorical Questions
 Employment Status:
 Gender:
 Racial/ethnic group:
 What is your academic rank?
 How long have you worked at this institution?
 
 Please list this institution's top three strengths regarding the way it conducts the first year of college.
 
 Please list this institution's top three weaknesses regarding the way it conducts the first year of college.
 






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