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Common Intellectual Experiences (CIEs) refer to any curricular and/or co-curricular program designed to build a student cohort focused on a common, broad theme.
Contact
Dr. James M. Lucas, Assistant Dean, Global Education and Curriculum
Phone
517-355-0171
Email
lucasjam@msu.edu
Website
http://undergrad.msu.edu/programs/cie

Common Intellectual Experiences (CIEs) are nationally recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) as high-impact practices that enhance student success and achievement. Dr. George Kuh (2008) recommends that all universities embed at least two HIPs into every student’s college experience.

Typically offered in the first-year experience (FYE), a CIE can refer to any curricular and/or co-curricular program designed to build a student cohort focused on a common, interdisciplinary theme. The goals of a CIE are to build community amongst participants, explore diverse academic and cultural perspectives related to the theme, and connect the curriculum to real-world experience and application.

Scholars at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) developed a five-characteristic taxonomy for their CIEs:

  1. Interdisciplinary theme
  2. Shared content across courses
  3. Faculty collaboration
  4. Co-curricular activities
  5. Active learning strategies

MSU offers a variety of options for incoming students to participate in CIEs during their first year. MSU's academic units offer CIEs for various groups of incoming first-year students.  These CIE's typically link two classes around a theme, connecting that theme to activities outside the classroom.  Students who participate in a CIE cohort must enroll for both classes in the experience.

Here is a tentative list of upcoming Fall 2018 Common Intellectual Experience Courses:

Audience

Semester

Lead Unit

Course

Section

Engineering

FS18

Engineering

EGR 100

17

ISS 210

31

Honors College

FS18

Honors College

UGS 101

311H

ENG 211H

1

Academic Scholars

Honors College

ISS 210

004H

UGS 110

317

Academic Scholars

FS18

Honors College

ISS 210

004H

UGS 110

318

Social Science

FS18

Social Science

UGS 110

346

ISS 210

24

Social Science

FS18

UGS 110

347

ISS 210

24

Social Science

FS18

Social Science

UGS 110

348

ISS 210

24

International Students/

Social Science

FS18

Social Science

UGS 110

349

ISS 210

24?




Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Findings from the Fall, 2017, First-Year Common Intellectual Experience

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