Goals for 2012
Have at least 100 1102 students present atRhetoric in Action Day: This fall, we had 104; thisspring, we’d like to have 150 1102 students anda separate event focusing on 1101 remediationprojects.
Provide excellent examples of rhetoric in actionprojects for new 1102 students: This fall, we hada former FYC student speak to several 1102classes about her rhetoric in action project onsexual assault and how that work has led toother opportunities for her, including leadershipopportunities on campus. Her presentations wereframed as a way to motivate students to takemeaningful action in their projects. We alsoadded videos and examples of projects, as wellas the piece by WUSF University Beat thatfeatured our ﬁrst Rhetoric in Action Day lastspring. For this spring, we now have a life-sizestatue that was presented by a FYC student at our fall Rhetoric in Action Day; her artwork is built of trash (see main page photo above) that could berecycled and represents the amount of trash anaverage USF student produces each week. Our goal is to have it represent the level of work weas a program are looking for in rhetoric in actionprojects by allowing students to see it in personand on video and by asking the student artist tospeak to classes this semester. We also plan tosolicit project examples from former FYC studentswith the help of our fellow instructors and tomake classroom visits to introduce the work of thecommittee to students as a way of encouragingtheir success and soliciting feedback on how theyfeel they would best be encouraged by theprogram.
Create more videos for the committee webpageas both a marketing tool for the committee and aresource for instructors: This fall, we askedstudents to ﬁlm vlogs (video blogs) on studentsuccess as way to provide them opportunities for agency. We also ﬁlmed interviews with 1102students as we asked them to discuss speciﬁcsuccesses they had both in the classroom andwith their projects. We also added more studentprojects to the webpage as a way to showstudents the type of work we are looking for in1102 as well as photos of students in ﬂash mobs,in class work, and during our ﬁrst annual StudentSuccess Week. This spring, we will continueﬁlming vlogs, interviews, and ﬂash mobs so thatour students can gain agency and see rhetoric inaction. We also plan to ﬁlm collaborative peer reviews between multiple classes as well as a fewhumorous videos, including the comeback of theGrammar Referee.
Establish a Student Success Week as a way toencourage student success and progress mid-semester within the classroom space: This fall, wemade candy bags for every face-to-face FYCclass as well as designed and printed three blankaward certiﬁcates (including our own committeelogo designed by Danielle Farrar) for every FYCclass and asked instructors to take these surprisesinto their classrooms during the week of October 10-13. We asked instructors to give awards suchas Best Blog, Class Leadership, and Best Peer Review Workshop and to take photos of their students with their certiﬁcates. We also visitedrandom classes to interview students about their successes. This spring, we will hold StudentSuccess Week from March 5-9; we plan tocontinue with the candy and the awards, and wewould like to visit more classes this semester aswell as encourage students to contribute vlogsand blogs to
about studentsuccess. We plan to incorporate a collaborativeservice project for FYC students into this week aswell as a way for students to succeed within acommunity outside of the classroom.
Continue and improve the committee newsletter as a way to provide space for student voices asthey reﬂected on their successes: This fall, wesolicited responses from students on their workand created a 10-page newsletter with selectedstudents’ text and photos of award winners andstudents in action. This spring, we will continuewith the newsletter; we hope to include anelectronic copy with links to student projects andphotos, and we also hope to identify 1101student success as well.