Email Message from Randy L. Swing, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Policy Center for the First Year of College

From: Randy L Swing
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 7:08 AM
To: Listserv
Subject: Assessment Essay

The First-Year Assessment Listserv (FYA-L) operates like an on-line magazine and discussion group. Brief, scholarly essays on issues relating to the assessment of first-year programs are shared via e-mail and then archived for future access on a related web site. Past contributors include Peter Ewell, George Kuh, Trudy Banta, Linda Sax, John Gardner, Betsy Barefoot, Lee Upcraft, and other luminaries in the field of assessment and first-year programs.

A new invited essay was added today. The essay is a case study of how The Pennsylvania State University's institutional research function supported the development and continuous improvement of a new first-year seminar initiative. The essay is archived at A full index of past invited essays and instructions for joining the FYA-L are available at The Listserv is especially designed for those who administer or have assessment responsibilities for first-year curricular or co-curricular programs. FYA-L is a project of The Policy Center on the First Year of College, funded by grants from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Atlantic Philanthropies and currently has over 900 subscribers. Randy


Randy L. Swing, Ph.D.
Policy Center for the First Year of College
supported by grants from The Atlantic Philanthropies & The Pew Charitable Trusts
located at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina 28712
Phone: 828.966.5312
FAX: 828.883.4093