All COR 101: The Cortland Experience courses have a set of learning outcomes that focus our classes towards helping students succeed. These learning outcomes align with our foundational themes that serve as unifying elements of all COR 101 classes.
Learning outcomes for COR 101: The Cortland Experience can be found in the most recent college catalog.
The following foundational themes make up the core content of COR 101. Descriptions of each theme and ways to connect with the themes are listed below. Instructors can use these themes to develop their course syllabi and activities. Sample class activities and readings are listed below, based on theme. Course instructors and student facilitators can also utilize the resources page to find inspiration!
1. Orientation to Cortland: Learning about our community, policies and procedures
COR 101 should extend the goals of summer orientation by continuing to familiarize students with SUNY Cortland. This includes getting to know the physical campus, but also learning about the culture of our campus.
2. Transitions: Understand and negotiate the transition to college
There are many differences between being a high school student and being a college student. Some of these differences are academic, some have to do with living and social adjustment, and some are related to personal growth and development. In whatever way students are impacted by their adjustment, it is important that they continually reflect on their experience, and become aware of the challenges they face while adapting to a new lifestyle.
3. Academic Success: Utilize academic and campus resources
Studying and earning good grades in college can be very different than earning good grades in High School. Understanding effective study habits, as well as what resources are available on campus can help a student to achieve at the highest level.
4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Understand and appreciate multiple perspectives
Diversity can be discussed in many ways. Instructors are encouraged to promote discussion of diversity in classes, as well as utilize current events and campus issues to address diversity.
5. Personal Wellness: Develop critical thinking and responsible decisions-making skills (keeping a balanced, healthy and resourceful way of living)
College is a great time to explore freedom and independence. One of the biggest challenges for first time students is in taking accountability for their well-being. Evidence of well-being is shown in personal life, balance of work and play, emotional stability, resourcefulness and physical health.