FSPs are an opportunity for faculty members to teach a comparatively small (18 student capacity), seminar-style, discussion and debate driven course. Faculty that have taught FSPs have found that it not only serves an important institutional mission, but it allows them to develop courses about topics and around themes that they wouldn’t get to explore otherwise. In a survey of Fall 2013 faculty, instructors noted that:
- They “love that it takes me outside of the topics I teach regularly ”
- FSPs provide the “freedom to create my own theme and syllabus”
- The small seminars are an “opportunity to awaken the young minds”
- In FSPs, faculty have found “high level of student engagement”
More instructor comments on the benefits of teaching FSPs can be found here, and student comments on their FSP experiences are available here.