McNair is one of eight TRIO programs funded by the US Department of Education to provide educational opportunity and support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate academic potential. The goal is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by first-generation college and low-income students as well as students from underrepresented groups in higher education. The McNair Program at Truman State University provides participants with intensive academic advising to help them graduate on schedule. In addition to seminars and workshops, our McNair Scholars also participate in a three-week pre-research internship during their sophomore year and a ten-week summer research internship during their junior year, when they are matched with faculty mentors who supervise their research projects and guide them toward achieving their individual post-baccalaureate goals. During their senior year the focus is on graduate school placement and the Program addresses the academic, financial and social needs associated with gaining entry into graduate school. The Program then tracks the progress of its alumni through successful completion of the PhD degree or any other advanced degrees and reports that information to the Department of Education.
NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS
The New Student Programs put academic success at the forefront by providing students ready access to comprehensive advising and academic support services. Full-time, professional academic advisors have offices in Kirk Building. They assist in specific registration and academic course planning for all resident freshmen and undeclared students and give advice regarding general academic concerns, skills, tutoring, or liberal arts career planning to all resident students. Student advisors assist the professional advisors in helping students to understand when and how to use the resources made available to them. The professional advisors working in the New Student Programs, in turn, assist students in beginning to establish meaningful relationships with Truman faculty in their declared majors or areas of interest.
The New Student Programs also support special initiatives to increase faculty-student interaction outside the traditional classroom. The New Student Programs facilitate personal engagement in liberal arts learning, for both faculty and students, through small seminars conducted over meals, evenings of Great Conversation, Nights in the University Gallery, field trips, and participation in the New Student Programs/Student Senate Summer Reading Program.
SCHOLASTIC ENHANCEMENT EXPERIENCE (SEE) PROGRAM
The Scholastic Enhancement Experience is a two-week summer bridge program for select underrepresented students (ethnic minority, low-income, or first-generation college students) who are planning to attend Truman. It is designed to help prepare them for the academic challenges of attending Truman State University while helping to build strong connections to the University, its resources and their peers.
Each spring up to five current Truman students are chosen to serve as Peer Counselors for the SEE Scholars. Contact the Multicultural Affairs Center in the Adair Building, (660) 785-4142, or the Admission Office in the Ruth Towne Museum and Visitor Center, (660) 785-4114, for more information on employment opportunities or the program in general.
STUDENT INITIATED LEARNING COURSES
Student Initiated Learning Courses (SCs) are learning activities and experiences which are initiated by students themselves. SCs empower students to directly address the content and context of their learning experiences and to explore subjects and/or ways of learning that might not be possible through existing, “conventional” curricular experiences. Students may design and deliver their own courses in subject areas that have not been considered a part of the Truman curriculum, but are nonetheless appropriate to an education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. SCs are intended as experiments - that is, they are enhancements to the regular Truman curriculum, not substitutes for existing University courses.
SCs embrace peer-mediated learning and bring together dedicated and knowledgeable students who hold a wide range of interests. SCs encourage leadership, activism, and responsibility in student initiators. They are avenues via which these students can explore topics to advance their interests in academia and in how teaching and learning work. Desired outcomes of an SC initiative include fostering close faculty/student interaction and providing student initiators with experiences in the design of instructional pedagogies, assembly of syllabi, and delivery of instruction.
SCs are designated with an “SC” before the course title in the Schedule of Classes and on transcripts. Up to six credit hours of SCs may be applied toward a student’s undergraduate degree(s). SC courses may not be used to fulfill the Liberal Studies Program or writing-enhanced requirements. Departments or programs may approve SCs to count for major or minor requirements and required support.