After much consideration, the Office of the Provost has decided to discontinue, at least temporarily, the First-Year Reading Program. Originally conceived and developed through funds received from the Lilly Foundation, this program brought faculty and students together outside the formal classroom during Orientation Week to discuss subjects and issues important to them, their communities, and the larger world. Book authors often visited campus to meet faculty and students and deliver a convocation speech to new students and their parents.
Over the past few years, the Office of the Provost noted declining interest in the program among faculty and students and as a result decided to take a step back. The hour during Orientation Week that had been devoted to the book discussion will instead be used to develop a peer-led discussion focusing on important topics such as academic integrity, D2L utilization, Marquette email, and how to identify key resource people, both academic and non-academic.
Leaders from within both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs will work with individuals across campus to consider students’ first-year experience more broadly in order to develop a more coordinated and integrated set of activities that engages students throughout their entire first year. It is anticipated that an expanded first-year experience will be implemented with the freshman class entering fall 2016.