First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) was chosen above other departments, programs and units within the entire UW System as the recipient of the 2012 Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Each year, the award recognizes a program that “demonstrates exceptional commitment to teaching and learning.”
FIGs are learning communities of about 20 first-year students who enroll in a cluster of three classes their freshman year that are linked by a common theme. Each FIG has a faculty member who leads a seminar to help students make connections between their classes.
The Board of Regents will present the Award to FIGs in August.
The last UW-Madison program to win this award was Bradley Learning Community in 1998.
Story by Holly Hartung