FYI for VMI Faculty and Staff
The principal goal of FYI@VMI is to facilitate academic success for new cadets while they meet the demands of military duties, cadet life, and especially the Ratline. Both nationally as well as here at VMI, we have seen that even the most accomplished high school graduates often do not have the information or skills necessary to succeed in college academics.
FYI@VMI has been specifically designed to close the gap between high school and college. To launch this initiative are two five-week courses that will be offered as a pilot in Fall 2012: Academics 101 (AC101) which will be offered the first five weeks and Academic 102 (AC102) which will be offered the last five weeks. The designated learning outcomes for the two courses are as follows:
By successfully completing AC-101 (October 1), new cadets will be able to:
- define the term “protocol” within an academic setting and outline its principal components
- set long- and short-term goals for academic success
- manage time to balance academic, military, athletic, and personal duties efficiently
- apply effective study skills including reading for comprehension,
note-taking, test preparation, and organization of academic materials
- access various Post resources such as Miller Academic Center, Preston Library, Career Services, and Cadet Counseling
By successfully completing AC-102 (December 10), new cadets will be able to:
- demonstrate application of skills and information acquired in AC-101
- devise a study plan for their first comprehensive college exams
- create an action plan to facilitate an academically successful spring semester
- reflect on the connections between academic success and life-long learning
- compete for a leadership position in the 2013-14 FYI@VMI Program
A corollary goal of FYI@VMI is to allow instructors to maximize time for interaction with new cadets in the classroom and other academic environments. Class periods dedicated wholly or partially to fundamental academic success issues (e.g. reading for comprehension, note-taking) not only diminish precious instructional time but also cadets’ opportunities to benefit from faculty’s knowledge of their disciplines. As a result of the skills and information acquired by new cadets in AC-101 and AC-102, teaching faculty will be able to focus on their role as educator.
A key component of FYI@VMI centers on the overall Academic Program at VMI. Wednesdays typically feature a faculty guest panel. Topics such as writing in different disciplines, undergraduate research, and undergraduate studies as pre-professional training have been specifically chosen to expose new college students to the greater context of academics in a college setting.
The directors of FYI@VMI look forward to faculty collaboration in this new academic endeavor to the extent their time and interest permit. VMI faculty members who are willing to participate in the program and/or have questions, suggestions or comments regarding the program should contact LTC Elaine Humphrey, Director, Miller Academic Center and VMI Teacher Education Program.