INTRODUCTION In the fall, 2006, the Freshman Interest Group (FIGs) Program entered its eighth interation. To use assessment terminology, the program has passed through its beginning and emergent stages and has entered maturity. Its mission has been crafted, student learning outcomes (SLO's) have been identified, and its identity has solidified. (Please see Appendix One to read the FIGs mission statement, course criteria, student learning outcomes, and other FIGs-related documents.) Yet while maturity has wrought a degree of self-confidence, it has not brought complacency.The program remains one of the most assessed academic programs on campus. Yearly, FIGs administrators and instructors pore over results of surveys and quantitative data, searching for ways to improve both the program and its assessment. Findings from the fall, 2006, program offerings will be analyzed no differently. As is the case every year, in the spring preceding the fall course offerings, the FIGs seminar survey was retooled to more exacting standards. Most importantly, the survey included questions designed to explore the effectiveness of the seminars to attain goals based on a reconsidered set of revised student learning outcomes.In addition to the seminar survey, a new web-based survey was administered to three groups: FIGs students, Freshmen Year Experience (FYE) students, and a control group of freshmen who did not participate in either program. And, of course, quantitative data from the Data Warehouse was extracted and analyzed. Findings from all these sources are included in this report.
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Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
College freshmen--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Statistics; College freshmen--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Attitudes
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Western Washington University--Freshmen--Statistics; Western Washington University--Freshmen--Attitudes
McKinney, Gary (Gary Russell); Stark, Chris; and Fabiano, Pat, "The Freshmen Interest Group (FIGs) Program Report: Fall, 2006" (2006). Office of Survey Research. 578.