Why the First-Year Seminar Matters: Helping Students Choose and
Stay on a Career Path provides an overview of the Guided Pathways
movement and the critical role that the first-year seminar can play
in setting the stage for student success. After reviewing the
extensive history and research on first-year seminars, Harrington
and Orosz suggest that the time is right for colleges and
universities to re-imagine the first-year seminar course within the
Guided Pathways framework. More specifically, by increasing the
focus on career exploration and decision-making and addressing key
success skills students need, the first-year seminar can serve as
an essential foundational element of Guided Pathways. Readers will
find the practical suggestions on how to engage in backward course
redesign and the making the case data helpful as they aim to
address equity gaps and require this course of all incoming
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