First Year Experience @ CCSU  

 

An Overview

“FYE (First Year Experience) is the combination of all of the services, programs, curricular and co-curricular activities that supports a student's transition from high school to college as well as provides a foundation for academic success at a particular institution.”1 While most of us think of FYE as a course offering at CCSU, the national perspective on FYE is much more comprehensive. It begins at admission and continues through the completion of the first year of college. Among the many common first year experiences at CCSU are the summer advising day, opening orientation, welcome week activities, an ‘FYE' curricular experience, a course advising experience, faculty-student contact outside of the classroom, and academic achievement in their courses. It may also include experiences with residential life, the financial aid process, on or off campus employment, athletics, and co-curricular activities.    

1(Approaches to Improving First Year Student Experiences, Joni Petschauer, Academic Impressions Webcast, 11/8/07

Curricular models eligible for FYE designation

Required for all students who enter with fewer than 15 credits and to be taken in the student's first semester.

 

I. FYE 101 (a graded 1 credit course) linked with another course.
II. General education course with embedded competencies and skills necessary to make a successful transition to college as articulated in the learning outcomes of FYE 101
III. “First Year majors only” course with embedded competencies and skills necessary to make a successful transition to college as articulated in the learning outcomes of FYE 101
IV. The Honors Program (click here for further information)
V. Learning Communities (linked with FYE 101 or FYE embedded between the two linked courses)

VI. First Year Seminar courses (with special topics for first-year students)
In these courses, students will discuss academic and related issues and learn about campus resources relevant to first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college learning environments.

 

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