Fall Quarter Engagement Seminars
Starting college or transferring to a new university can be challenging. To help get students off to a good start, Seattle University uses Core classes as supportive engagement seminars. Most first-year students will be registered for UCOR 1100, UCOR 1400, or HUMT 1830, which include elements designed to support and engage students in their first term at the university. Students in these courses are contacted by the faculty before the start of the term to help them plan for class, receive formative feedback on assignments early in the term and through a mid-quarter progress report, and participate in in-class workshops to prepare for Winter Quarter registration. Many faculty also include co-curricular activities, which engage students in events connected to the course themes across campus and in the Seattle community. In Fall quarter 2018, more than 800 first-year students were enrolled in these courses, providing students with additional tools proven to contribute to student success. These elements, delivered by our talented and committed Core faculty and Advising staff, positively contribute to student learning and persistence. In Fall of 2019, we are expanding this program to some transfer students on a pilot basis, using sections of UCOR 2500.