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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


UW Oshkosh students take Quest I courses in their first semesters. Regardless of the general education requirement met by a given Quest I course, Quest I courses include elements and activities that allow students to consider and understand themselves as the newest participating members of an established learning community. Students are given regular opportunities to explore the campus, their courses, and their new environment and to both ask and reflect on their answers to the question, “Where am I now?


  • 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.

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