Research Reports on College Transitions No. 2
Ryan D. Padgett and Jennifer R. Keup
Findings from the eighth triennial administration of the National Survey of First-Year Seminars, describing the nature and extent of first-year seminars on American college campuses. Drawn from a broad sample of colleges and universities from every institutional type, control, and size, the survey addresses topics including seminar characteristics and administration; student demographics; instructional roles, development, and compensation; and assessment. Organized into thematically focused sections, the research brief is designed to be accessible and informative and to assist both higher education researchers and practitioners realize the full potential of these seminars on student experiences and outcomes. The 2009 National Survey of First-Year Seminars: Ongoing Efforts to Support Students in Transition comprises the most comprehensive data set of institutional information on first-year seminars and provides a national portrait of current practices and structural characteristics for these courses, as well as suggesting emerging areas and future directions.