First-Year Care Network: What This Means For Instructors

  • Bethany Usher George Mason University


Location: Gold Room


New first-year and transfer undergraduate students can find our large, decentralized university confusing. The First-Year Care Network aims to support these students in exploring academic majors, learning about Mason Impact, and successfully transitioning to Mason.  The purpose of this session is to two-fold: to share the First-Year Care Network Model and recommendations that came out of the Student Experience Redesign Initiative and engage the Mason community in conversation about what this model looks like in practice.

Author Biography

Bethany Usher, George Mason University

Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education , takes students to graveyards - she is a biological anthropologist who studies the health and social structure of past communities by investigating their cemeteries. She is passionate about getting students to apply their classroom experiences and learn how exciting it is to tackle intellectual challenges. Since 2017, Dr. Usher has overseen Mason's undergraduate curriculum, including the Mason Core (general education), and academic programs through the Undergraduate Council and Curriculum Impact Grants. Currently, she is developing the Mason Impact experiential learning initiative, starting the process of re-designing the Mason Core, and reorganizing student advising and planning through academic themes.

1:00pm-1:40pm Mini-Workshops, Panels, & Roundtables