University of Nebraska Administration


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Board of Regents, University of Nebraska


I. Transition to University Task Force: Purpose and Mission

The Transition to University Task Force was appointed in May 2003 by Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Richard Edwards to review and assess the effectiveness of first-year undergraduate orientation programs and courses. This review was to result in a proposed framework or plan for coordinating and supporting these separate programs.

As a foundation for its deliberations the Task Force was instructed to review several recent reports that address the present and future state of the university. These included: A 2020 Vision, the First Year Learning Task Force Report (1999), the Blue Sky Committee Report (Intellectual Engagement and Achievement at UNL), the UNL Institutional Indicators of Quality, results from the 2002 National Survey on Student Engagement of first-year and senior UNL students, the Academy of Distinguished Teachers’ “White Paper,” and the Noel-Levitz Consultation Recruitment and Retention Recommendations. In addition, the Task Force further investigated the first-year experience by exploring other institution’s first-year programs and through formal discussions with UNL students, faculty, and staff.