First-year seminars part of reaccreditation plan

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Freshman seminars for all first-year students would be mandatory under a plan being developed as part of UGA’s reaccreditation process, now under way.

As part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the one-hour seminars taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty would be available for all incoming freshmen in fall 2011. Class size would be limited to 18 or fewer students.

The academic focus of the seminars would depend on the faculty member’s area of expertise. Faculty would be encouraged to develop seminars that include discussions of research, public service and international programs at UGA.

Freshmen seminars already are available to students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The deadline for the university to submit the plan to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is Dec. 10.

For more on the draft plan go to http://www.qep.uga.edu.