First Class Small Group OR 100

OR 100 First Class

This course is for first-time students designed to enhance students' academic, social, and spirtual integration into the Campbellsville University community. The course emphasizes development of intellectual and academic responsiblities; interpersonal growth through active campus and community involvement; and integration of spiritual and core values essential for Christian servant leadership. These goals are achieved through intentional relationships with peer mentor and instructor, engaging activities, a common reading, and through a service-learning project in cooperation with Kentucky Heartland Outreach (Repair Affair). On Mondays at 10am the class of 2014 will gather in Ransdell Chapel to begin to discover the virtues of character development, servant leadership, and biblical stewardship. The FIRST CLASS experience is a one credit hour course that is a required opportunity for all first-year degree seeking students that are age 23 and under with less that 24 transfer hours.

Course Description:  This course is designed to enhance students' academic, social, and spiritual integration into the Campbellsville University community. The course emphasizes development of intellectual and academic responsibilities; interpersonal growth through active campus and communtiy involvement; and integration of spiritual and core values essential for Christian servant leadership. This course is required for all first-time students. Students are also required to be part of FIRST CLASS, a semester-program that embraces Christian liberal arts status of Campbellsville University while developing the virtues of character, leadership, and stewardship

Course Objectives: 

  1. Provide students with essential information and strategies to promote academic success;
  2. Assist students to become engaged participants and servant leaders on campus and in broader, diverse communities;
  3. Provide students with additional training, experience, and knowledge to develope self-efficacy and responsible life-skills;
  4. Partner with the Institure of Character, Leadership, and Stewardship Studies (CLASS) to prepare students for Christian character development, servant leadership, and biblical stewardship.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Objective 1:  Provide students with essential information and strategies to promote academic success;

  1. Participate in a minimum of two academic success workshops out of class.  (i.e. note-taking, textbook reading, test anxiety, study skills, etc...)
  2. Understand and participate in the academic advising and registration process.
  3. Understand the elements of academic integrity.
  4. Be familiar with campus services.

Objective 2:  Assist students to become engaged participants and servant leaders on campus and in broader, diverse communities;

  1. Participate in co-curricular events.
  2. Develope awareness of the diverse needs in the broader community through specified community service.
  3. Use information froma  self-assessment tool to begin to cultivate personal strengths.
  4. Be able to apply concepts introduced in First Class.

Objective 3:  Provide students with additional training, experience, and knowledge to develop self-efficacy and responsible life-skills;

  1. Apply analytical and critical thinking skills.
  2. Define his/her predominate learning style.
  3. Will be able to balance personal freedom and responsibility.
  4. Identify a faculty/staff member and a group of peers with whom s/he has established a relationship.

Objective 4:  Partner with the Institute of Character, Leadership, and Stewardship Studies (CLASS) to prepare students for Christian character development, servant leadership, and biblical stewardship.

  1. Experience the faith and learning community of Campbellsivlle University.
  2. Be able to apply concepts introduced in First Class.

Texts:

The Last Lecture 1st Edition, Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow.  Hyperion, New York, 2008.  Campbellsville University Student Handbook 2010-2011.