Gateway Program Seminar

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The History of GPS

The Gateway Program Seminar (formerly Freshman Seminar) was developed and offered for the first time in the fall of 1994. In 1994, there was one course, three sections, and 45 students. Under the innovation, leadership, and direction of Dr. Constance Staley, the original program director, GPS grew to over 50 courses, 130 sections, and over 2000 students. Dr. Staley stepped down as the faculty program director in 2016 and Dr. Julaine Field was selected to continue the leadership and development of the program.
 
GPS was designed to help students transition into academic culture and is designed as a high impact experience. Prior to 2014, students self-selected to enroll in GPS. This accounted for 85% of incoming first-year students. UCCS redeveloped its general education curriculum (now the Compass Curriculum) in 2014 and faculty elected to make GPS the foundational course of the Compass Curriculum for all students entering UCCS.

GPS Learning Outcomes

Under the current leadership of Dr. Field, GPS continues to grow and develop as the needs of our students continue to evolve. GPS offers its instructors yearly professional development opportunities and the program continues to train and cultivate student peer leaders that are embedded in every section of every course. GPS has learning outcomes that are consistent with the Compass Curriculum and meet the outcomes established by the GPS Advisory Group.
 
Because of completing the Gateway Program Seminar course, UCCS students will be able to:
  • Describe why a university education is important in the pursuit of personal and professional goals.

 

  • Act as a responsible,ethical college student through the use of intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, analytical reading, and listening skills.
  • Act as a civil and responsible university citizen through the development of necessary civic, ethical, and social competencies.
  • Develop the self-advocacy skills to access personal, academic, professional and information technology support at UCCS.
  • Analyze, apply, and integrate knowledge and skills as they relate to the disciplinary focus of the GPS section.
  • Communicate effectively through writing to receive, comprehend, and convey information.
  • Communicate effectively through a prepared, purposeful individual or group presentation.

GPS Assessment

The GPS Outcome Survey uses a pre/post survey to evaluate changes related to the GPS Student Learning Outcomes. The pre-assessment survey was distributed through Blackboard in the GPS classes during the first Start Up Day. The post-assessment survey was administered through instructor distribution of a survey link in November (second and third week). In summary, the results indicated an increase in:
  • Students’ knowledge of where to access academic and personal support on campus
  • Students’ self-reported confidence in writing, ability to develop and organize college level papers, and overall improvement in writing.
  • Students self-reported ability to develop and organize a presentation for a course.
  • Students’ self-reported acquisition of new skills related to success in college.

 

 

The University Studies Experience

University Studies exists to provide students with excellent academic and transitional support services as new members of the UCCS campus community. University Studies is the result of a collaborative effort between the Office of First Year Experience (FYE) and the Gateway Program Seminar (GPS). It is an experience designed to help students achieve their academic and co-curricular goals while exploring more about themselves and creating their professional and personal futures. Students will be engaged inside and outside of the classroom; learning skills that will help them navigate our campus community and be successful in all of their intended endeavors.

Qualifying students are invited into the University Studies Program.
University Studies students take one of these GPS courses.

FINDING YOUR WAY: STEM

FINDING YOUR WAY: STEM

Finding Your Way-STEM is for students interested in science, engineering, or technology, whose goal is to enter the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences or another science discipline. This course helps you to develop the pieces of the puzzle in order to build the skills you need to succeed in future coursework. We will help you succeed in making your personal and professional dreams a reality!

Monday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 003

FINDING YOUR WAY: BUSINESS

FINDING YOUR WAY: BUSINESS

Join us for a journey where we will examine the concepts, principles and operations of business. We will visit with Colorado Springs companies where they will share the successes and challenges they face in an ever changing and challenging business climate. But most importantly, we will explore how business strategies can help you explore, navigate, and develop your personal roadmap for success here at UCCS.

Wednesday 4:45 - 7:20 p.m. / Section 005
Thursday 10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Section 001

FINDING YOUR WAY: HEALTHCARE

FINDING YOUR WAY: HEALTHCARE

Explore the intersection of Nursing and the transition into college life at UCCS. Join us as we learn about the healthcare field with guest speakers, a tour of the Simulation center, and the UCCS cadaver lab! A small snapshot into the skills you’ll gain include: self-care, time management, responding to patients emotional and psychological needs and teamwork!

Friday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 002
Friday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 004

FINDING YOUR WAY: ENGINEERING

FINDING YOUR WAY: ENGINEERING

Finding Your Way Engineering is a course designed for students interested in Engineering. Learn what it takes to get in the UCCS School of Engineering and what the Engineering employment field has to offer. You will learn whether Engineering is for you or you may discover your passion lies somewhere else!

Monday & Wednesday 12:15p.m.-1:30p.m. / Section 049

LEADERSHOP (GPS 1020)

LEADERSHOP (GPS 1020)

The primary objective of this course is to make leadership development relevant and practical for you. “Leadershop” provides a deeper understanding of leadership through group interaction, application of theories, team exercises, and self-reflection of your experiences using a creative, interactive learning approach.

Wednesday 8:00a.m.-10:40a.m. / Section 001
Tuesday 4:45p.m.-7:20p.m. / Section 002
Thursday 4:45p.m.-7:20p.m. / Section 003
Tuesday 10:50a.m.-1:30p.m. / Section 004
Thursday 8:00a.m.-10:40a.m. / Section 005
Wednesday 1:40p.m.-4:20p.m. / Section 006

GPS Learning Communities

In an effort to evolve with the needs of our students, GPS offers student learning communities. Through our first-year learning communities, UCCS students enjoy connections with others students while gaining a better understanding of their specific areas of interest. The learning communities are centered around a specific topic/focus. Learning communities have been proven to be beneficial to students and campuses alike and, at UCCS. We are continually looking for news ways to advance the learning community concept.

Learning communities consist of a GPS course, a connecting interdisciplinary or disciplinary course, and the option of living with your learning community classmates on their respective themed floor in campus housing.

DOA

DOA

Do you know exactly what happens after a violent crime has been committed? Do you wonder how accurate popular television shows are in illustrating criminal investigations? In this class, you will learn about the criminal investigative process, and modern crime scene techniques, and you will have a chance to explore high profile cases in criminal trials. This course is for Criminal Justice majors.

Thursday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 042
Linked course: CJ 1001, Section 001

GPS Course

 

LEADERSHOP (GPS 1020)

LEADERSHOP (GPS 1020)

The primary objective of this course is to make leadership development relevant and practical for you. “Leadershop” provides a deeper understanding of leadership through group interaction, application of theories, team exercises, and self-reflection of your experiences using a creative, interactive learning approach. This course is for students accepted into the MOSAIC Program.

Thursday 4:45p.m.-7:20p.m. / Section 003
Linked Course: SOC 2220 / Section 001

LIVE, LEARN, LEAD

LIVE, LEARN, LEAD

This course provides an opportunity for you to become Eco-Rep leaders in campus housing. We want students that are creative, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about environmental and social issues. You will have the opportunity to create, assist, and implement sustainability projects in the residence halls and on campus. As part of this GPS course, you will be enrolled in UCCSLead and you will be part of a dispersed living-learning community. This course requires students to live in campus housing.

Wednesday 4:45p.m.-7:20p.m. / Section 050

TEACHING IN A MUGGLE WORLD

TEACHING IN A MUGGLE WORLD

Explore the magic of teaching and learning with us! This course will examine the art and science of teaching through the lens of the Harry Potter book series. We can learn much about teaching from J.K. Rowling’s magical world. In this class, you will spend time volunteering in local schools and working with experienced “Muggle” classroom teachers who teach students with various learning needs. This course is for Education Majors.

Wednesday 8:00a.m. - 10:40a.m./ Section 012
Linked course: LEAD 1000, Section 003

GPS Alternative Schedule Courses

HEADSPACE

HEADSPACE

To be able to thrive in the stress of today’s world, we all need a new set of skills emphasizing self-reflection, resilience, mindfulness, and personal sustainability. This course will introduce you to new techniques to manage stress, develop positivity, create new habits, and become more productive in both your academic life and your future career. This is a pre-term course.

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30p.m. / Section 058
August 13-17, 2018

 

FARM TO KITCHEN BOOTCAMP

FARM TO KITCHEN BOOTCAMP

Are you interested in cooking healthy meals? Have you ever wanted to grow your own food? This course will teach you how to grow, harvest, and cook your own food and will also explore the links between health and sustainability that occurs with local food. The course also emphasizes food traditions around the world and introduces you to global flavors in the kitchen. Health, wellness, sustainability, gardening, and culinary basics are all a part of this course! This is a Weekend University course.

Saturday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. / Section WK1
September 8 - November 10, 2018

 

DESIGNING YOUR LIFE

DESIGNING YOUR LIFE

“Designing your Life.” It’s Stanford’s most popular class, a New York Times best seller, and a created expressly for transfer students at UCCS. If you’d like to gain personal clarity, explore professional possibilities, get expert input, and move toward the future YOU want, sign up for this transformational new course. This is an intensive course.

Friday 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Saturday 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Section 047

 

These courses fill quickly! Register early!

Discipline/Program Specific GPS Courses

ENGINEERING ODYSSEY

ENGINEERING ODYSSEY

This course introduces you to the different disciplines and opportunities in the Engineering and Applied Science College. You will explore technology, robotics, computing, and atmospheric & space flight. We will build gliders, circuits, and rockets, write programs, and apply experimental principles to analyze problems and develop solutions. For selected engineering students only.

Tuesday OR Thursday 8:00 - 9:15a.m. / Sections 022-030

C PROGRAMMING ROBOTS

C PROGRAMMING ROBOTS

Could robots ever take over the world? Maybe not, but these machines are becoming more and more capable. Just how do humans and robots differ? Can robots actually see, play soccer, vacuum the living room, or collect the trash? As you and your teammates design and build your own robot, you will also learn basic robot technology. This class is for non-computer and non-electrical engineering majors.

Friday 8:00-10:40a.m. / Section 031

HEAD OF THE CLASS

HEAD OF THE CLASS

School—it’s more than just rules, tests, and lunch. Schools are the centerpiece of every community, and they help produce future citizens who create social change. Through interactive, field-based experiences, you will work with novice and veteran teachers who educate students with various cultural backgrounds, languages, and abilities. This course is for students interested in Education and teaching.

Tuesday 8:00 - 10:40 a.m. / Section 048

 

LIVE STRONGER

LIVE STRONGER

In this course, topics are designed around building life skills that are learned in sports and can be applied across disciplines and include setting positive and attainable goals, finding balance in and out of sports, giving back to the community, choosing healthy behaviors, building healthy relationships and personal and career development. For Student Athletes and students interested in sports science careers.

Monday 10:50-1:30p.m. / Section 045

XCELERATOR

XCELERATOR

Life is a roller coaster so buckle up for the ride as you learn to take risks and maximize your full potential! Through dynamic weekly sessions and an epic field trip guaranteed to excite, you will uncover your unique leadership abilities and connect with opportunities to be a changemaker on the UCCS campus and in the community. For CLC and Live Leadership students.

Monday 1:40-4:20p.m. / Section 044

HOMICIDE

HOMICIDE

Did you know the US homicide rate is among the highest in the industrialized world? This course examines the topic of homicide, the nature and causes of violent crime, the controversy surrounding guns, and the role of the media in shaping public opinion. Students will tour correctional facilities, meet criminal justice officials, and debate the death penalty, prisons, and correctional reform. This course is for students interested in Criminal Justice.

Tuesday 1:40-4:20 p.m. / Section 037

 

TRANSITIONS (GPS 3010)

TRANSITIONS (GPS 3010)

Exclusively for military students, “Transitions” will help you sharpen your academic skills, find a major and career that fit, and build on your military professionalism. For active duty military and student veterans only.

Friday 1:40-4:20p.m. / GPS 3010, Section 001

GRAY MATTERS

GRAY MATTERS

Explore the intersection of the mind and society with a focus on how we think, learn, and live. Topics of discussion are designed to investigate the role of ambiguity in the gray spaces of human endeavor. For University Honors Students.

Wednesday 1:40 - 4:20p.m. / Section 010

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Interdisciplinary GPS Courses

BURNING BOOKS

BURNING BOOKS

Ideas are dangerous. Not convinced? Look at how far some groups and individuals have gone to suppress, or even destroy, ideas. Through immersive, game-based learning, we will visit the two trials of Galileo Galilei, as well as attempts in South Carolina to ban the Harry Potter novels. Join us as we explore book burning from multiple perspectives, and recognize the patterns that lead to the suppression of ideas and movements.

Thursday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 014

MAKE IT STICK

MAKE IT STICK

“Okay, Google. Teach me how to learn.” In this class you will explore cognition, memory, and learning. You will learn how you learn, and explore ways to learn better. You will also investigate ways to work collaboratively with others, and how to help your peers (which in turn helps you). Google response: You will put this all together and MAKE IT STICK!

Monday 10:50 a.m. - 1:30p.m.. / Section 033

PERSONAL ALCHEMY

PERSONAL ALCHEMY

Have you ever wished you could glimpse into the future, or explore a deeper level of self-knowledge? Once considered legitimate scientific studies, Alchemy, Astrology, Tarot, and Palmistry now attract a diverse community of practitioners looking to achieve in-depth personal transformation and growth. Strange Science will challenge you to find your process of personal transformation!

Friday 10:50-1:30p.m.. / Section 035

 

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?

You Say You Want A Revolution? This class provides an overview of the social and cultural influence of the Beatles on music, society, popular culture, art, and film. We will begin with the four lads from Liverpool in the early 1960s and discuss the evolution of the group from the Cavern days through Abbey Road. Join us for a Magical Mystery Tour with one of the most influential bands of all time!

Tuesday 10:50a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Section 040

BE YOUR OWN BOSS

BE YOUR OWN BOSS

Have you ever seen a new product or service and thought to yourself: “Why didn’t I think of that?” “Be Your Own Boss” can help you take control of your destiny. You’ll learn the “how to’s” of entrepreneurism: how to market your idea, how to run your business, how to understand your customers, how to get others excited to work for you, and how to grow the money you make.

Monday 1:40-4:20p.m. / Section 034

ME.COM

ME.COM

This course connects you to “YOU” and establishes your path to success. You will develop a support system and have a fundamental understanding of who you are, where your strengths lie, and what it will take to be a successful student, professional, and contributor in your community.

Monday 10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Section 016

 

GPS requires all of its students to attend Start Up Days, August 16-17, 2018 from 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. Start Up Days COUNTS AS 4 WEEKS OF CLASS!

 

STORYTELLING

STORYTELLING: FROM CASABLANCA TO STAR WARS

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” In this class, storytelling is explored through television and movies. You will examine how stories are metaphors for life, and you will write your own episode of your favorite TV shows!

Monday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 019

HEROES

HEROES

According to Tom Hanks’, “A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.” How do you define heroism? Heroes explores the topic of heroism from both a broad perspective and at a very personal level. You will examine questions such as, “What makes a hero, how do heroes influence us, how can you develop your inner hero, and does each life represent a heroes journey?” Join GPS Heroes to explore this fascinating and potentially life-altering topic!

Monday 4:45 - 7:20 p.m. / Section 013

STUDIO A

STUDIO A

Meet actors, visual artists, art historians, musicians, and film-makers from the UCCS community who will narrate their journeys from college to professional careers. You’ll learn by example the techniques of persistence, problem-solving, practice, and performance as emphasized in the arts. Highlight your personal flair and embark on your arts journey!

Friday 9:25 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. / Section 048

 

STAR SEARCH

STAR SEARCH

No, not the 1980’s talent television show. This class is about you, -- starring in your own life. By identifying your strengths, interests, and opportunities, you will explore different themes and topics, discover more about yourself, and learn what it means to be a college superstar.

Thursday 4:45 - 7:20 p.m. / Section 009

BASEBALL

BASEBALL: HOT DOGS, HOME RUNS, AND LIFE

Field of Dreams: “Baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again.” This class will explore the history, legends, strategies, and complexities of baseball.

Monday 4:45 - 7:20 p.m. / Section 011

DISABILITY TALES

DISABILITY TALES

Who do we stare at? Who do we ignore? Who do we call abnormal, misfits, or freaks? In “Disability Tales,” we explore these questions and more by examining disability through the pop culture of yesterday and today. Think you know the tale of disability -- think again!

Tuesday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 032

 

OFF AND RUNNING

OFF AND RUNNING

In “Off and Running,” we will set what may seem like impossible goals, but through motivation, psychology, and the physical act of running, you will learn that anything is possible. No base level of physical ability is required, but running will be a core part of the class and used as a metaphor for success. This course is not recommended for freshmen members of the UCCS Track or Cross Country teams due to scheduling conflicts.”

Friday 8:00 - 10:40 a.m. / Section 008

KEEP COLORADO SPRINGS WEIRD

KEEP COLORADO SPRINGS WEIRD

In this course you will explore new aspects of the subcultures and different spaces of Colorado Springs. You will think about different perspectives on the city-- from the historical perspective, to outdoor living, to mainstream and alternative musical and arts scenes, and perhaps mainstream to alternative sports spaces. If you are interested in all things WEIRD, this class is for you!

Friday 10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Section 046

SCHOOL IN THE WOODS

SCHOOL IN THE WOODS

This course will examine the relationship between self and the environment. How does the place we live affect us? How have people changed the environment of Colorado? This class will be organized around field trips and outdoor activities (including an overnight camping trip), readings, discussions, group work, a service project, and presentations that help us reflect upon our place in Colorado and how we and others interact with it.

Wednesday 10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Section 018

 

CLUB MED

CLUB MED

Ghandi once said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” He was right, and in today’s world where heart disease, cancer, and strokes top the list of health concerns, the “helping professions” top the list of best jobs. In “Club Med,’ you’ll explore the opportunities the health sciences have to offer!

Thursday 4:45 - 7:20 p.m. / Section 015

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SPEAK?

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SPEAK?

Have you ever wanted to share your idea, but just didn’t know how to go about it constructively? In this class, you will sharpen your college success skills while preparing group presentations in competitive teams. This course is informative, fun, and skills-based. You’ll learn how to find your voice, empower yourself, and inspire others. So, do you think you can speak?

Wednesday 1:40 - 4:20 p.m. / Section 020

AMERICAN DREAM

AMERICAN DREAM

Throughout the history of the United States, people have envisioned and pursued the “American Dream.” But what is it, and does it still exist in the 21st century? This course explores various meanings of “The American Dream” through both a historical and leadership perspective. Using literature, film, and other media, students will examine the idea of “The American Dream” and its relevance to their individual dreams, aspirations, and future leadership potential.

Wednesday 4:45 - 7:20 p.m. / Section 041

 

VISION QUEST

VISION QUEST

Vision Quest teaches you that academic success is more than the pursuit of a degree, but a voyage of self discovery and the creation of your own narrative. Utilizing a three-fold, scaffolded system you are encouraged to form a narrative of success, including self-awareness, empowerment, and advocacy. Through visualization, realization and actualization exercises, you will create short and long-term plans for success!

Tuesday 1:40-4:20 p.m. / Section 039

RESTORE

RESTORE

Are you interested in learning about managing and restoring the forest environment near Colorado Springs? This course focuses on balancing the ecology of a sustainable forest with the needs of human users. Through lectures and field studies, you will investigate the relationship between climate change, human influences, political perspectives, and the financial issues of forest management.

Wednesday 8:00 - 10:40 a.m. / Section 036

FANTASY FOOTBALL

FANTASY FOOTBALL

Do you anxiously await the time of year when you can build your fantasy football team? How do you strategically put together your all-star group of players? In this course, you will learn about team effectiveness and the psychological underpinnings associated with the rise of fantasy football. If you are new to the fantasy football realm, you will learn how to build your own team using strategy and team theory.

Wednesday 10:50-1:30p.m. / Section 043

 

MOTIVATION 3.0

MOTIVATION 3.0

Did you ever wonder what drives motivation? Are you intrinsically or extrinsically motivated? In this class, you will read Daniel Pink’s Drive and discover what “drives” you especially as it relates to college and beyond!

Monday 4:45-7:20 p.m. / Section 052

POKER AND GAMING THEORY

POKER AND GAMING THEORY

This course takes a broad-based look at poker theory and applications of poker analytics to real-life situations. We will foster an environment for the study of poker and game theory, develop the basic strategies and advanced foundation for decision-making in poker, and provide an understanding of the current poker environment and how you might leverage talent for poker in your future careers.

Tuesday 4:45-7:20 p.m. / Section 051

UNREALITY OF INTELLIGENCE

UNREALITY OF INTELLIGENCE

Have you ever wondered why some people “appear” to be more intelligent than others? In this course, we investigate how we evaluate intelligence and how we know what we know. We will explore the eight intelligences from a communication perspective and we will also dive into the tenants of emotional intelligence and personality.

Thursday 10:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / Section 017