“All Things Media” Boot Camp Starts Sunday, Aug. 16
NevadaFIT, the University of Nevada, Reno’s premiere academic preparation program for incoming freshmen students, kicks off this weekend with an opening ceremony and parents’ workshop. More than 400 incoming freshman are expected to participate in the University-wide program designed to increase college success.
A total of seventeen incoming freshman are expected to participate in the Journalism School’s program. Participants will be introduced to the Reynolds School’s “All Things Media” concept through classes like media literacy, grammar and AP Style, data journalism, and data visualization. Dean Al Stavitsky and Associate Dean Donica Mensing will participate in the program along with several other Journalism professors.
Typically presented to students in the sciences, NevadaFIT, modeled after Louisiana State University’s BIOS program, is the first known boot camp style, intensive introduction to the rigors of academic life to move beyond the sciences, and spans all eight colleges and more than 40 majors across the University.
The primary goal of NevadaFIT is to prepare students for the pace, style and intensity of college courses. The program is open to all registered freshman, regardless of grade-point average.
“The program is truly across the spectrum of student abilities,” Kevin Carman, executive vice president and provost for the University, said. “National Merit Scholars can have as much trouble learning how to be college students. The program is very diverse and is representative of the most diverse freshman class we have ever had coming in.”
NevadaFIT began in 2013 as BioFIT, a program geared toward incoming biology majors with 48 students participating. In 2014, the program was expanded to include 350 students in all eight colleges with varied majors including business, community health sciences, education, nursing, engineering, journalism and liberal arts as well as the physical and life sciences.
This year, the entire program is anchored in mathematics, as research has shown students who are successful in math are more likely to graduate within their chosen majors. Students will attend daily math classes that relate to their field of study to learn what to expect and what it takes to be successful in the classroom.
Funds have been raised to offer scholarships to students who might not otherwise be able to afford attending NevadaFIT. More than half of registered NevadaFIT students’ fees are being covered by donations.
Course fees are used to pay student mentors, many of whom are returning past NevadaFIT participants.