Smooth Sailing for New Incoming Freshmen

Smooth Sailing for New Incoming Freshmen

By Courtney Archer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) freshmen can breathe a sigh of relief as they enter their first semester of college this fall.

A new plan, designed to help freshmen succeed, has been implemented for students to have their classes assigned rather than choosing them for the first semester.

Assistant Provost for Student Retention and Success Fran Bender says the preselected schedules will also help to cater to students’ individual majors.

Dr. Bender says that each student will complete an Academic Interest Questionnaire (AIQ), developed by each department that is unique to that student’s major.

“In the AIQ, students give us general information.  Then we ask them, ‘Do you have any situation like band, athletics work that would impact the schedule that we might give you?’” she says.  “We ask them to select courses out of general education that they would like to take.  Then we started building schedules,” she added.

The program will also help the Academic Advisors, because they will be able to explain the requirements of each student’s major after he/she has chosen.  This way the students know what they’re going into before they start into their chosen field of study.

Bender said that overall freshman response has been positive.

Click here to hear Dr. Fran Bender on freshmen orientation

Bender said the program would run indefinitely for about three years so that Provost can evaluate its success.  After which, the school will decide whether to keep the agenda or go back to the way it was before.

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