Higher Values in Higher Education

FYE Instructors and Faculty

The First Year Experience (FYE) is a comprehensive approach to ensure first year students make a successful transition to college.

Through participation in the First Year Experience, the university has the following primary goals for students:

  1. Demonstrate the acquisition of skills for academic achievement;
  2. Be aware of resources and policies, including how to access them and what they are, in order to succeed and use them when appropriate for success;
  3. Continue building supportive academic, emotional, and social networks;
  4. Engage in and demonstrate respectful and appropriate interactions within their communities;
  5. Explore their values, experiences, and beliefs to begin develop a sense of self; and
  6. Demonstrate a desire and interest in continuing their education.

 

Expectations for UNIV 100 Instructors

FYE Courses

Courses selected to be offered in the FYE format must:

  1. Be offered for 1 credit hour per course.
  2. Be a lower division course offered in the human well being category of Genera Education.

When offered in the FYE format, class enrollments must:

  1. Be limited to first year students only
  2. Be limited to 25 students per section

When courses are offered in the FYE UNIV 100 format, instructors will:

  1. Attend all training and/or informational sessions
  2. Teach at least one section
  3. Collect and report assessment data to FYE assessment and/or leadership committees and other appropriate parties
  4. Adhere to common course syllabus, including utilizing the required common text and WesternOnline; work and communicate with peer mentors at weekly scheduled meetings, plan at least two campus and community explorations for your section(s)
  5. Assist students in being aware of and accessing various University resources
  6. Submit all required reports including but not limited to Early Warning and Final Grade Reports
  7. Include the FYE Syllabus Statement on all UNIV 100 syllabi:

    "This course has been designated a First Year Experience (FYE) course and is intended to help you learn to think critically, understand multiple perspectives on issues, and improve your skills in research and problem solving. It will also provide an environment in which to apply the academic skills you learn and help prepare you to transfer those skills to your other courses."

Expectations for FYE Y Faculty

FYE Courses

Courses selected to be offered in the FYE format must:

  1. Be offered for 2-4 semester hours per course.
  2. Be lower division courses generally taken by first year students (primarily those offered for General Education, as well as a limited number of introductory courses in the major)

When offered in the FYE format, class enrollments must:

  1. Be limited to first year students only
  2. Be limited to 25 students per section

When courses are offered in the FYE format, they will: 
  1. Incorporate writing assignments (with opportunity for revision) as writing is an integral learning tool for success
  2. Encourage opportunities for critical thinking and speaking experiences
  3. Include an assessment component to evaluate the impact of the FYE program on the first year
  4. Express the importance of the First Year Experience program and the connection between UNIV 100 & Y courses
  5. Actively include the FYE goals into the course material
  6. Be taught by instructors who advocate for the FYE program and attend trainings,informational sessions and meetings (when applicable), etc.
  7. Submit all required reports including but not limited to Early Warning and Final Grade Reports
  8. Include the FYE Syllabus Statement on all FYE Y syllabi:

    "This course has been designated a First Year Experience (FYE) course and is intended to help you learn to think critically, understand multiple perspectives on issues, and improve your skills in research and problem solving. It will also provide an environment in which to apply the academic skills you learn and help prepare you to transfer those skills to your other courses."

 

Apply to be a UNIV 100 Instructor

Are you interested in teaching UNIV 100? Please complete the appropriate application below (typed UNIV 100 applications preferred). Click here to see a draft of the Fall 2017 weekly course schedule .  Note that every two weeks (weeks 3-14) instructors will choose between two choices of topics to allow for flexibility and scheduling of guest speakers.

New UNIV 100 Instructor Application

(If you have never been a UNIV 100 instuctor)

Renewal UNIV 100 Instructor Application

(If you want to re-apply to be a UNIV 100 instructor)

FYE Academy 

The First Year Experience (FYE) is a comprehensive approach to ensure first year students make a successful transition to college therefore all those who teach in the FYE Program (UNIV 100 & Y) attend training once a year to help ensure all goals of the FYE program continue to be met.  Additionally, the FYE training program (called the FYE Academy) provides an opportunity for instructors to talk about current trends with first year students in higher education, network, and provide opportunities for professional growth and development. 

Spring 2017 FYE Academy Dates
  • New Instructor Nuts & Bolts and FYE History - April 6 (afternoon) or April 7 (morning)
  • Academy #1 - April 12 (afternoon)
  • Academy #2 - April 13 (morning)
  • Academy #3 - April 13 (afternoon)
  • Academy #4 - April 14 (morning)

All FYE UNIV 100 & Y instructors must register for one of these FYE Academy dates. To register, please visit:  www.wiu.edu/citr

WIU Resources for Instructors & Faculty

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Resources about FYE Students

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