When developing your COR class, focus on the five foundational themes and learning goals and objectives that are critical for first-year seminars. 


Undergraduate College Catalog - Students should be encouraged to review the catalog and identify important rules and regulations and learn more about their own major, General Education, and the variety of majors offered.

Purpose and Practice: Making the Most of Your First Year at SUNY Cortland - The COR 101 reader explores college culture and serves as an important first step in helping students think critically about themselves and their academic life. Students access the reader through Blackboard/eLearning.  

Student Planner - During the first week of class, teaching assistants will distribute a copy of the planner to each student. In addition to the calendar, several pages are devoted to advising and registration, campus and residential hall policies, Cortland history and mission statement, etc.


Sample Syllabi - Contact COR Coordinator for sample course outlines and/or use our syllabus template.

Advisement and Transition staff and veteran COR Instructors: Call 607-753-4726 for assistance.

Instructor Grants - COR 101 Instructor Grants provide an opportunity for instructors to involve their class in activities to help integrate the students into the campus and within their respective departments. Grants can be used to subsidize tickets to events such as theatre and/or musical events, cover the cost of transportation to field trips, fund guest speakers, etc.

Fall Timeline - Dates and deadlines specific to COR Program

Guide to Student Success - Every incoming student and parent at Orientation receives the guide (an A-Z list of all campus resources).

Speakers Bureau - Listing of campus and community experts on various first-year transitional topics.

Areas of Interest - Plan your class agendas by using this list to ask your students what topics they are interested in discussing.

COR Topic Resource List - Listing of class activities and readings based topic ideas to support the COR program themes.

College Student Inventory (CSI) - Description of inventory terms, sample reports and assignments.

Tech Talk - Teaching Assistants take the lead on covering specific technology resources (including myRedDragon, Blackboard and Library Research).


Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP)

Active Learning Techniques    Additional Active Learning Techniques/Class Ideas

Advisement and Transition/COR 101

Chronicle of Higher Education

College Student Inventory (CSI) Self-assessment tool designed for first-year students to self-reflect on their personal, social, and academic adjustment to college.

Faculty Development Teaching Tips (Index) - Over 100 links on teaching topics complied from many institutions by Honolulu Community College.


National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Teaching Assistant Resources/Handout on Effective Teaching Strategies - Stanford University - The Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Marsha Fralick's website offers some free, easy to use instructor tips and practical ideas for your
first-year course.  Dr. Fralick's Tips for Engaging Students in Learning Alternatives to Lecture lists 23 different and easy to incorporate activities.

If you need assistance creating a rubric, considering the RubiStar website.

Additional Resources:

Encourage your students to utilize resources in the SUNY Cortland College Student Success Kit. Adapted from 101 Things to Do Before You Graduate by Patricia Hudak and Jullien Gordon, have your students complete the 4 Year Academic Plan, Goals Sheets, Fall and Spring Weekly Time Sheets, GPA Calculation or the Monthly Budget. The kit is especially helpful for students in their first year at Cortland but the resources can also help students in a sophomore slump.

Instructors or teaching assistants interested in reading an article/research titled, "Predicting and Curbing Classroom Incivility in Higher Education" by Nordstrom, Bartles, and Bucy, please see Advisement and Transition. Copies are available in the COR library.

Instructors or teaching assistants interested in infusing globalization topics in their syllabus, please contact  Advisement and Transition.  Information presented by Dr. William Skipper and Dr. Sharon Steadman at the SUNY Global Workforce workshop will be available for review.

Dr. Tom Carskadon offers Twenty Years' Worth of Things That Work:  Methods and Materials That Can Be Employed In Almost Any First-Year seminar.

Writing Assignment Resources:
    Sharing Teaching Methods and Assignments for Using Writing in Courses
       (Complied by Jen Drake, ASAP and Mary Kennedy, English - SUNY Cortland)

    Teaching with Writing: A Guide for Faculty and Graduate Students
       (Kerry Walk - from Crafting Assignments)

    A Brief Guide to Designing Essay Assignments
      (Gordon Harvey - Harvard College Writing Program)

If you are facilitating a section of Pre-Major (undecided) students, consider strategies from: Conversations, Clarification and Collages: Innovative Workshops for Undecided Students. All materials (with the exception of the Pack Your Values exercise) created by staff of the Advising First Center for Exploratory Students, Florida State University.

Instructor and TA Professional Development Materials:

Fostering an Inclusive Community:
Fran Peavey - Strategic Questioning
Paul Gorski - Deficit Ideology Scornful Gaze
Paul Gorski - The Myth of the Culture of Poverty
Coat of Arms Activity
Coat of Arms - Crest

Instructor and TA Recruitment Information:

SUNY Cortland employees interested in participating with the COR program should possess the following Characteristics and Preferred Qualifications to be an effective first-year experience course instructor. If you are interested in teaching a section of COR 101, read the Program Expectations sheet for a detailed explanation of instructor and program requirements.

Instructor - Application (Contact Lori Schlicht at 607-753-4726 if interested in COR Program)

Teaching Assistant Application - Applicants, once you click the link, you should complete all sections of the application and attach a typed statement of interest (instructions to upload PDF file located on the last page of the application). Since you need to create a statement of interest and identify two (2) references, this application gives you the opportunity to log in and out until you are satisfied with your application. If you have to go back in, a private link will be provided, please make sure you email or copy the link for future login. Thank you for your interest!