The Many Faces of the Freshman Seminar

Their unique topics make them both popular and flawed

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A class's success, says Mavis Brown, whose seminar was on adversity and uncertainty, depends largely on the mix of students in the room.

Pick a problem related to learning in higher education and you will hear a common refrain: A seminar can fix it.

Freshmen fail to come back for their sophomore year? A seminar, advocates say, can keep them engaged and enrolled.

Study habits, writing, or critical-thinking skills not up to par? A seminar can bolster them.

Students need to make better use of the campus library? There's a seminar for that, too.

Now, as concerns mount