Strong Start Initiative

How can we ensure that students begin their GVSU career with a strong start? This initiative focuses faculty attention on best practices for engaging students in first-year and second-year undergraduate courses. If you are interested in learning more about the initiative or would like to strengthen your courses to best engage incoming students, do not hesitate to contact us. Direct inquiries to David Eick, Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow.

GVSU Resources

  • Tips for Teaching First Year Students at GVSU - a document prepared as part of the Strong Start Initiative
  • My Laker Success - a new website that was developed as part of the Student Success Network that helps students navigate their first year in college. Encourage your students to bookmark this page
  • Join a Fall 2021 Strong Start Initiative Faculty Learning Community - an in-person and and a virtual option available 
    • As COVID lingers, we're uncertain as to what teaching will be like in 2021-22, nor do we know what our students will be like—traumatized, resilient, or both. To meet the challenge of teaching COVID-disrupted students, especially (but not limited to) the incoming cohort, let's bone up on what Paolo Freire called 'praxis', the amalgam of an over-arching philosophy and politics of teaching plus the ways in which we enact this vision. In this FLC, we will read and discuss two books: first, for inspiration in these fraught times, Kevin Gannon's Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto (West Virginia UP, 2020). Then, for applicable best practices, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning, by James Lang (Jossey-Bass, 2016).

General Resources

Page last modified August 27, 2021