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First Day Project

VPUAAP has partnered with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) in an exciting opportunity supported by APLU called the Student Experience Project (SEP). The SEP is a collaborative of university leaders, faculty, researchers, and national education and improvement organizations committed to innovative, evidence-based practices that increase degree attainment by transforming the college student experience and creating equitable learning environments.

Nine UIC faculty members are currently participating in the SEP’s First Day Project, an effort focused on improving the messages that students receive through syllabi and the first day of class that support social belonging, growth mindset, and an equitable learning experience. The First Day Project is a national project that is one of the first of its kind and which has the potential to positively impact the student experience and the academic outcomes of thousands of students.

More information on the First Day Project can be found here.