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Movement Science House Program Description

Mission:

The MSH provides opportunities for students to become and remain engaged in the Movement Sciences while enhancing their academic, social and professional development. This occurs through the development of diverse and open perspectives, critical thinking and personal investment in their field.

  • Allow for ample engagement with and between students (peers) and faculty related to their academic areas of interest.
  • Allow students to experience and appreciate the diverse perspectives, activities and beliefs that exist between those in related areas of academic interest.
  • Offer opportunities to facilitate a smooth matriculation through the college experience. (socially, academically, professionally)

Activities/resources offered to assist in achieving the above stated goals:

  • Faculty will be present in the MSH during the week for office hours.
  • Tutoring services will be coordinated within the MSH.
  • Workshops and lectures will be hosted on-site.
  • Peer Mentors who are current majors in a Movement Science program will live within the MSH.
  • Extra-curricular activities will be hosted and organized within the MSH.
    • Student groups (clubs) will have access to meeting space within the facility and hold their meetings on-site.
    • Guest speakers will be invited
      • i.e. Healthy eating, Stress management, Wellness.
    • Service learning and community service opportunities
    • Fieldtrips
  • Advising services will be provided within the MSH right on-site.
    • Through faculty office hours
    • Departmental Advising Nights
  • Co-curricular activities will be hosted and organized within the MSH.
    • Academic program meetings hosted on site.
    • Undergraduate research collaborative experiences/opportunities
    • Workshops related to professional development, resume building, interview preparation etc.
    • Integration of course required service learning opportunities to involve those within the MSH.
    • MSH specific readings will be used to supplement LIB 100 and MOV 101 teachings.

Rationale:

The added student integration, support and planned discourse that will result from activities within the MSH will result in an increase in 1st > 2nd year student retention with a long term goal of increasing the 6 year graduation rate. This has been supported by Tinto et al. and articulated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Students who engage early in their academic experience persist and matriculate faster and more successfully than those who do not take advantage of such programming.

Co-Curricular model:

Students of all years within the MOV majors will be recruited. However, the co-curricular model within the MOV-Living Learning Centers will be MOV 101 offered in the fall and a section of LIB 100 to be offered in the winter term annually. These courses will be taught and permitted for those within the MOV-Living Learning Community. Understanding that residents may not be able to exclusively be enrolled in the dedicated sections of these courses, planned readings and activities will be communicated and encouraged across all residents. The instructors of these classes will cross pollinate material and facilitate the learning of those not enrolled but reside within the MOV-Living Learning Center.