“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.
to Improving First Year Student Experiences, Joni
Petschauer, Academic Impressions Webcast, 11/8/07)
Curricular models eligible for FYE designation
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)
First Year Seminar courses (with special topics for first-year students)
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.