COR 101: The Cortland Experience

COR 101 is a required one credit, graded seminar designed to facilitate the intellectual and social integration of  first-time college students into the SUNY Cortland academic community.

Instructors and Teaching Assistants

Are you interested in being involved in the COR 101 Program as either an instructor or teaching assistant for the Fall 2020 semester?

For Student Teaching Assistants:

COR 101: The Cortland Experience is seeking student leaders to serve as teaching assistants for the Fall 2020 semester. Teaching Assistants work alongside faculty/staff instructors in teaching COR 101, and earn 3 credits of free-elective credit for their work as a TA.

  • Complete your COR 101 TA application by clicking here. Link to application will be live starting February 1.
  • Application deadline February 28. 


For Faculty/Staff Instructors:

Advisement and Transition is seeking faculty/staff instructors for Fall 2020 sections of COR 101: The Cortland Experience. Instructors work alongside a undergraduate student teaching assistant in facilitating a once-a-week, 1 credit hour class. COR 101 classes focus on five themes important to new first-year students: Transition, Orientation, Academic Success, Wellness, and Diversity (Equity and Inclusion). Sections are major specific, allowing faculty/staff to work alongside students in their major, or alongside pre-major students in learning communities.

COR 101 Helps Students

  • Understand and negotiate the transition to college
  • Learn about SUNY Cortland, the campus, policies, and procedures
  • Develop critical thinking and responsible decision-making skills
  • Understand and value new viewpoints
  • Utilize academic and campus resources

COR 101 was initiated at SUNY Cortland in the fall of 1997. The course was developed from the growing field of research and practice regarding the first-year experience and previous initiatives at SUNY Cortland. First-year seminars are a nationwide initiative, developed in different formats, but they typically share common foundational themes such as developmental and meta-cognition theories, involvement, and integration themes.

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) consider the first-year seminar a high impact educational practice. The seminar lends itself to "critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students' intellectual and practical competencies".  We view COR 101: The Cortland Experience as a high impact practice that will assist our students not only with their transition into our community but connect students with faculty, academic departments, career closure, campus involvement and integration, as well as help the students make connections with their academic classes.

As a part of COR 101, students will have the opportunity to engage in a cohort of learning with their peers, as they explore campus, the surrounding Cortland community, and their own expectations and beliefs of College. 

Source: High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, George D. Kuh, (Washington, D.C., AAC&U, 2008).

Advisement and Transition
Memorial Library
Room A-111

Phone: 607-753-4726

Fax: 607-753-5593
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.