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First Year Experience
FYE: For Faculty
First Year Experience provides common educational experiences and a special venue to support entering students. The program has several core components; faculty participation is welcomed in all of them.
First year students take one FYE course in both their first and second semesters—general education or introductory courses in a specific major. FYE courses are smaller (with maximum enrollments of 20), to encourage more student-faculty contact. Course activity funds support co-curricular activities or other enriching experiences.
Every FYE course is assigned a peer mentor, a junior or senior student who provides support to FYE students in course activities and co-curricular events. Faculty have wide latitude in working with their peer mentors, though we suggest best practices.
In every FYE course, faculty select public lectures, plays, or films relevant to course material, integrating them into courses (perhaps with the help of peer mentors). These events help students build connections between classroom learning and real-world experiences.
Residence Hall Communities
University Housing and Dining Services provides extensive programs which complement other FYE activities, and encourage students to participate in living and learning communities.
FYE is administered by Dr. Nancy Parsons (Interim Associate Provost), Dr. Katrina Daytner, (Associate Professor in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies), and the FYE Committee.