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Creating a FIG

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Designing a FIG

  1. Give your FIG a Face - Create a description of your FIG and titling it.  Keep in mind your title and description are targeted to first-year students, so avoid verbose prose and keep it simple.  
  2. Identify Courses - FIGs should have between 7-10 credit hours (some may have more).  This allows students to take a group of classes together, but still have enough wiggle room in their schedule to explore other courses on their own.  All FIGs contain one "anchor course" and 2-3 "satellite courses":
    Anchor Course
    All FIGs consist of an anchor course (usually an FYS) taught by the "home base." The anchor course can meet as many times as necessary (1-3 times per week).  It is preferred if the course (or course section) is restricted to FIG students only (though not required).  Through collaboration with the other FIG teachers, the instructor of this course will function as the academic anchor of the FIG, helping students identify key concepts and ways of thinking in and across the courses in a FIG and through the theme of the FIG.
    Satellite Courses
    The satellite courses should support the main theme or topic of the anchor course.  Courses like Chemistry, Biology, English, and Public Speaking are all in high demand, so may not be available.
  3. Identify student population - Do you want your FIG to be available to non-majors?  (something more "theme" based?).  Do you only want majors in your FIG? 
  4. Seek departmental approval - contact the department of each satellite course department (and if necessary, the anchor course) and get approval to use seats in their course the following fall.  Informal approval is fine (verbal, email, etc.)
  5. Consider instructor Involvement - FIGs are successful because of the dedicated involvement of the connected course instructors who interact with the participants in class and execute out-of-class events and activities.  Ideally the instructors of all the courses in the cluster are involved and active participants, planning and facilitating as a team.  When this is not feasible, at least one instructor must be identified and is to be the main contact for the FIG. 
  6. Request a Proposal From - Contact Mollie Hand for the most up-to-date proposal form.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is mid October.  Proposals can be submitted by email or campus mail to: Mollie Hand, LeaRN Program (Coe 106) or

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