Boise State Foundational Studies Program

The Foundational Studies Program weaves together the undergraduate experience through disciplinary and transdisciplinary courses.


How to handle conversations over crises and difficult topics in the news (essay) Given all the violence and turmoil in the news over recent weeks, you may not be looking forward to campus discussions when you return for the new school year. Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers advice.


Ridge to Rivers

A reminder as we begin to assess the damage the Table Rock Fire

JULY 1ST, 2016: FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE FOOTHILLS!! Please remember that the City of Boise, the Bureau of Land Management and Ada County have all banned the use of fireworks in the Boise Foothills. Help us spread this important message and keep our Foothills from burning this Fourth of July. 06/29/2016

Peggy’s Trail hike illustrates value of easements in Foothills

Great example of collective efforts for community enrichment. Our University Learning Outcomes in the Civic and Ethical areas also support this kind of public-mindedness. Much of the Ridge to Rivers System originally was established by trespassers. And many of the people who owned that land have worked with the City of Boise to legitimize those trails. Such was the case with the 2014 agreements between the city and Grossman Company Properties, which allowed Ridge to… 06/23/2016

The Neglected Learner: A Call to Support Integrative Learning for Faculty

Great column by Jonathan Rossing and Melissa Lavitt (former Boise State Dean of SSPA) in this month's edition of AACU's Liberal Education.

FSP is all about fostering integrative teaching and learning through UF 100 and UF 200. Again...we're at the crest of the wave in terms of change in higher education! By Jonathan P. Rossing and Melissa R. Lavitt 06/23/2016

Teaching Professors to Become Better Teachers

We completely agree! Many colleges are taking steps to help faculty members motivate and engage their students as new technology and research on effective techniques become available. 06/22/2016

'Hamilton' and Liberal Education

Quote of the week:
"At a time when many worry about the fate of the creative humanities at American universities, "Hamilton" reminds us, at many levels, that education can help enlarge the power of engaged citizens to overcome traditional hierarchies. That’s one of the reasons I’m so pleased to see high school students enraptured by the show. To paraphrase the playwright, nobody should “throw away their shot.” Education should maximize students’ opportunities for lifelong learning, civic participation and meaningful work." Michael Roth, Wesleyan University As a college president, I get asked time and time again where I find compelling examples of how graduates build on the broad, liberal education they rece...


Gathering of support and community

June 15, 2016

Gender Equity Center, Student Union Building

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Dear friends,

Our hearts are heavy with the recent stories of hate and targeted acts of violence in our country. From the acts of gender and race-based violence profiled in our state, to the recent shootings targeting LGBT and Latinx community members in Orlando, the attempted acts of violence at L.A. Pride, and the murder of our gay colleague, Steven Nelson. These acts of violence over the last couple of months have been especially difficult.

In our unity we find strength and courage. We reach out to you, as friends, colleagues, and fellow community members and ask you to take time out of the rush of the day to find presence, consolation, and support. Help us remember those who have been lost, to process what you are feeling, and to find and be community.

Please help spread the word about this open space of support which will be fluid and allow folks to drop in at any time. All are welcome. In addition to tomorrow’s gathering in the GEC from 1:30-3:00, our office is open all week and folks are welcome to drop in at any time, Monday-Friday, between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 06/08/2016

Disability Resource Center is Now the Educational Access Center - UPDATE

Faculty and Students -- Please see Update for a change to Disability Services. The Disability Resource Center has been renamed the Educational Access Center. The new name supports Boise State University’s continued efforts to become a more diverse and inclusive campus. The name change also embraces a social justice model of understanding disability, … 05/10/2016

Reading Off Paper Has A Useful Cognitive Benefit Over Tablets Or Laptops - PsyBlog

Emerging research about the differences between reading comprehension via tablet versus paper. Guess which one is better for more complex comprehension? Scroll down...then read. I'm going to find the original study and maybe I'll share it with my students next fall. Laptops and tablets are changing the way we think about information -- maybe for the worse. 04/22/2016

This year’s Accomplished Under 40 show diversity, geographic reach

Congratulations to Amanda Ashley! Amanda will also be joining our UF 100 faculty this fall! In record-breaking numbers, applications flew into the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 email inbox. More than 130 completed the application 04/18/2016

April 18-29: Cultural Children's Book Display - Events

UF 200 Faculty Member Margaret Sass' students civic engagement project is on display in the library. Please check out these great children's books about diversity written and illustrated by our Boise State students. Albertsons Library and adjunct professor Margaret Sass will present a cultural children book display on the first floor of the library from April 18-29 featuring student work from Sass’ UF200 children’s book project. In the class students created ebooks focused on cultural awareness, diversity, …


Reflective E-portfolios: One HIP to Rule Them All?

I would like to encourage our Boise State Faculty and Students to read this article that captures the place of e-portfolios as an instrument for learning. The authors advance a view that we have embraced at Boise State. E-portfolios both document and generate learning moments that connect learning experiences that happen within and beyond our classrooms. David Hubert and Jason Pickavance, both of Salt Lake Community College; and Amanda Hyberger, Chattanooga State Community College 04/14/2016

A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

Looking forward to hearing Carl Wieman on campus this evening. I hope my colleagues will join me and continue the great work that Boise State is doing to increase learning in our general education courses through active strategies! Stanford physicist Carl Wieman is on a quest to bury the big lecture in favor of evidence-based techniques. But it's not clear higher education is listening.


Association for General & Liberal Studies

Consider presenting your great ideas for Gen Ed at this conference in Salt Lake.

Deadline to submit conference proposals is quickly approaching -- click for details!


Boise State Writing Center

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Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning

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March CTL Workshops & News 02/17/2016

Where Are the Minority Professors? Find the racial and ethnic breakdowns of all types of professors at more than 1,500 colleges.


Association for General & Liberal Studies

Please see the great conference opportunity to share the great Gen Ed work at Boise State in Salt Lake City.

Check out our most recent newsletter! 02/10/2016

Flagging Disciplines Reclaim Their Relevance Facing stagnant enrollment, some foreign-language departments remake the curriculum to demonstrate their value to students and colleges. They may have lessons for other beleaguered programs as well.



Join the conversation with students who care about our communities! Support them - go to the event - encourage your students to go to the event! Six student proposals will be developed into multimedia presentations on issues pertaining to Boise State and the Boise community. Following each presentation there will be roundtable discussion moderated by facilitators, providing opportunities for the speakers and audience members to interact. 02/05/2016

What Is The Value Of An Education In The Humanities?

Not just arts and humanities...not just sciences -- there is value in the combination of BOTH. This is why we have Foundational Studies. Old barriers between the humanities and technology are falling. Skills needed in jobs today require knowledge that crosses the road from technology to humanities and back, says professor Adam Frank. 01/27/2016


A big thank you to all the Disciplinary Lens in Social Science faculty who helped us achieve a 91% response rate on the Fall 2015 assessment survey!

You can check out some highlights from the survey on the FSP website: How skilled are Boise State students at using the methods of inquiry characteristic of social science? How well can students analyze and describe different cultures? Draw connections between diverse perspectives? Or discuss the historical forces that have shaped today’s institutions? These are some… 01/12/2016

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class the new semester begins, embrace a few changes to engage your students. Here are a few great ideas Do you have some others to share? Add them here! Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content. 11/04/2015

Lessons Learned: Services Embrace, Assist Boise State Student Vets

Check out Boise Weekly's mention of UF faculty member Corinna Provant-Robishaw and join Corinna in supporting campus veterans.

You can sign up for the November 9th or 10th faculty workshop, "Breaking the Stigma of Veterans' Stereotypes," through the Center for Teaching and Learning. Boise State University will honor veterans with a week full of celebration, workshops, panel discussions and lectures. 10/20/2015

Diversity Summit - RBI

Join the Diversity Summit! Register by Oct 30 for this Nov 4 event focused on how diversity drives business. Please join us for an event focusing on Diversity as a Business Driver. This summit will feature keynote addresses from Wells Fargo’s Vice...


The Heart of the Matter

This is a terrific video about the relationship between STEM and the Humanities. Please share with your students and others who say "why study history, literature, philosophy, language, social sciences...?"

This is "The Heart of the Matter" by americanacad on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


Campus Read

Campus Read Day
Thursday, October 1, 2015
11:00am – 2:00pm
On the Quad

You’re invited to stop by and participate in activities to raise awareness about the dangers of distraction. Campus Read Day will include:
Idaho State Police virtual driving simulators
AT&T texting and driving simulator goggles
KTVB Just Drive challenge pledge
Wes Morris, Boise State student and Toward Zero Deaths representative
Information about the Campus Read program and this year’s book A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention may be found at: The Campus Read program is designed to encourage all members of the campus community to engage both in and out of the classroom setting. The Campus Read program:

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