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Horizons Instructor Handbook

Horizons courses give incoming students an exciting, engaging experience in a content-rich academic setting.  In addition, they help students transition to college by familiarizing them with the resources at Hunter College and preparing them for the academic expectations of their institution. In order to pass a Horizons course, each Horizons student will:

  • complete Voila!, the on-line library tutorial.
  • participate in two advising workshops, given by staff members from Advising Services. Workshops will be held in the classroom;  each visit takes approximately 45 minutes. The first workshop is accompanied by the online worksheet Getting in the Driver’s Seat. This worksheet offers guidance to students as they choose their academic courses for upcoming semesters. The second workshop addresses the General Education Requirements. One aim of the Horizons project is to help students graduate in a timely manner, which in turn requires knowledge of course-possibilities and requirements. The workshops provide students with this knowledge, in addition to offering guidance in decision-making. Workshops take place in approximately the fourth and eighth weeks of the semester.
  • attend the Horizons Student Event, typically a talk/lecture given by a distinguished Hunter faculty member, followed by an informal reception.  Date and speaker TBA.
  • attend or participate in any co-curricular activities arranged by their Horizons instructor.

In order to best provide students with the signature tutorials and co-curricular activities that distinguish Horizons courses from other 100-level classes at Hunter, and to clarify for students the value of these opportunities, instructors should:

  • contact Clay Williams: clay.williams@hunter.cuny.edu in the library in order to receive the password students will need in order to login to the Voila! online tutorial.
  • contact either Case Willoughby: case.willoughby@hunter.cuny.edu or Angela VanDijk: angela.vandijk@hunter.cuny.edu in Advising Services, to schedule the advising workshops. 
  • in their syllabi, clearly outline the above points. Sample syllabi can be found here:  REL 111 and SOC 101
  • in their syllabi, state clearly that completion of or participation in these transition-to-college elements will comprise 20% of the final grade.
  • make one hour per week available to their students, specifically but not exclusively to discuss transition to college concerns.
  • organize two or more co-curricular activities for students. Instructors are strongly encouraged to take students on at least one field trip to a site of interest relevant to the course. Past Horizons instructors have taken students to museums, invited guest lecturers to their courses, held pizza parties, and provided breakfast—bagels and juice—for their classes. These co-curricular activities should create opportunities for students to engage more fully with their peers in the course, with the city of New York, with their instructors and with course content.
  • participate in monthly faculty workshops organized by the Horizons coordinator.
  • administer to students, at the conclusion of the semester, a survey on the Horizons course.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact program coordinator Rebecca Connor:  rebecca.connor@hunter.cuny.edu.

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