LEEP Transition Phase

In addition to the information below, there are some specific documents about LEEP™ for Clark Faculty. These documents include an explanation of an FYI, information about the transition phase to college, and reflections on lessons learned about FYIs and pre-major advising. There is also information pertaining to financial support and assistance with transportation for field trips. [this site is password-protected; you will need to use your regular Clark username and password to log in]

Login to the CETL secure LEEP site


First Year Intensives (FYI)

First-Year Intensive (FYI) courses are designed to guide students in their transition to college by:

  • Having a small number of students in the class (ideally 16-20)
  • Having a rich intellectual content
  • Providing students with frequent feedback on their work
  • Providing students with the opportunity for collaborative learning/research, OR
  • Incorporating community-based learning or field experiences, OR
  • Featuring pedagogies of dialogue
  • Developing students' foundational skills, including:
    • Inquiry and analysis
    • Generation and evaluation of evidence and argument
    • Critical and creative thinking
    • Written and oral communication
    • Quantitative literacy
    • Information literacy
    • Teamwork and problem-solving

For more information on the First Year Intensives:

Login to the CETL secure FYI site

Useful (mostly external) Resources for the Goals of an FYI

Understanding the Transition to College

Understanding and Easing the Transition to College (Collin College)

Promising Practices to help students transition to college (National College Transition Network)

Helping parents understand the college transition (Harvard University)

A Longer road to Adulthood: a talk by Clark's Professor Jeffrey Arnett.
The video of the talk is available. Click here to watch. (Requires Windows Media Player.)

Giving Students Written Feedback on Their Work

High Fidelity Feedback Moves Learning Forward (University of Minnesota)

Good Job! The Importance of Writing More Meaningful Comments on Student Papers (Faculty Focus)

Helping Students Develop Their Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking by Design [PDF] (Joanne Gainen Kurfiss)

Teaching for Critical Thinking [PDF] (Diane Halpern)