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Quest I and First-Year Experience

The first year on campus is critical for our students, but what will make it inspiring, welcoming and intellectually fulfilling is YOU. What you do matters.

Check out the Fall 2014 Quest I Course Pairings here.

"A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching." - A. Bartlett Giamatti


  • Create a new way of teaching first-year students
  • Introduce the general idea of a Liberal Education and specifically of a UW Oshkosh liberal education
  • Support the academic transition from high school to college
  • Foster a sense of community (for them and for us); it’s about relationships
  • Assess our students and our program to help develop both

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to describe the value of a Liberal Education.
  2. Students will become familiar with the expectations of a college-level education, the UW Oshkosh Essential Learning Outcomes, and the University Studies Program.
  3. Students will begin their acculturation to life at this university, developing familiarity with the academic resources and community engagement opportunities at UW Oshkosh.
  4. Students will engage in learning communities to enhance their connections to the class, the university, and one another.
  5. Students will participate in campus and community life through co-curricular activities.
  6. Students will begin to take personal responsibility for their intellectual development by archiving learning artifacts in the ePortfolio.

Quest I Co-Curricular Activity Suggestions

Are you looking for co-curricular activities to put on your syllabus or suggest to your Peer Mentor?  Take a look at the events calendar where some activities are categorized "signature question," "quest", "sustainability," "university studies program," or "USP." Thanks to the sponsors for making these activities easier to find. Athletic Events can be found on the "Athletic Calendar" near the bottom of the athletics page.

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