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First Year Experience (FYE) - Fall 2007 Survey Results

Fall 2007 represents the beginning of Western's 3rd year with the FYE program. This provides a the ability to show trends which have been demonstrated from Fall 2005 to Fall 2006 and to Fall 2007. The following tables show the mean ratings on student FYE surveys for a varies of FYE aspects, allowing comparison of Fall 2005, Fall 2006, and Fall 2007 responses.

 

  • Western remains a top choice in where WIU freshmen wanted to attend college. In addition, WIU freshmen continue to be committed to graduating from college.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'05 Fall'06 Fall'07
Western was among my top choices in deciding where to go to college. 1.91
2.05
2.02
I am motivated to graduate from WIU. 1.94
1.91
1.93
I am motivated to graduate from college. 1.23
1.23
1.13

 

  • Western's FYE courses provide freshmen with a small class size that encourages discussion, participation, and getting to know their instructor. In fact, the these positive attributes have increased during the 3-year period, with Fall 2007 freshmen reporting even smaller classes, more discussion, and greater interaction with their instructors.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'05 Fall'06 Fall'07
My FYE class has fewer students that my other courses. 1.90 1.78 1.60
My FYE course involved more discussion than my other WIU courses. 2.49 2.54 2.38
I am an active participant in my FYE class. 2.41 2.31 2.34
I have gotten to know my FYE instructor better than I have gotten to know my other instructors. 3.05 2.93 2.58
My FYE instructor encourages class discussion. 1.93 2.01 1.93
My FYE instructor encourages different viewpoints in class. 2.16 2.19 1.93
My FYE instructor really cares about me as a person. 2.52 2.39 2.30
I feel comfortable talking to my FYE instructor about academic difficulties. 2.51 2.45 2.43
I feel comfortable talking to my FYE instructor about personal concerns. 3.33 3.10 3.12

 

  • The FYE continues to promote active involvement in out-of-class activities.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'05 Fall'06 Fall'07
My FYE instructor regularly makes the class aware of the activities occurring on campus. 2.16 2.45 2.11
My FYE instructor attends out-of-class activities with the students in the class. 2.23 2.22 2.08

 

  • Incorporating the use of the common reading, Fast Food Nation in Fall 2005, Class Matters in Fall 2006, and Last Child in the Woods in Fall 2007 continues to be a challenge for the FYE program.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'05 Fall'06 Fall'07
I have read the common reading. 3.73 3.36 3.21
The common reading has been discussed in my FYE class. 3.78 3.56 4.00
Out-of-class FYE activities for my class have been related to the common reading. N/A 3.18 4.08

 

  • Reaching full potential in the use of peer mentors in FYE courses also continues to be a challenge for Western's FYE program.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'05 Fall'06 Fall'07
My peer mentor regularly attends my FYE class. 3.58 3.00 3.32
My peer mentor keeps me aware of FYE activities happening on campus. 3.68 3.33 3.38
My peer mentor attends out-of-class activities with my FYE class. 2.70 2.67 2.55
My peer mentor helps me adjust to my role as a college student. 4.11 3.64 3.70
My peer mentor takes a personal interest in my success at Western. 4.09 3.80 3.80
Having a peer mentor is a positive aspect of my FYE class. 3.42 3.07 3.18

 

  • Western's success in meeting the goals of the FYE program has strengthened as more experience is gained in operating such a widespread and diverse program effort.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'05 Fall'06 Fall'07
Western's FYE program helps me manage the transition from high school to college. 3.67 3.45 3.42
Western's FYE program helps me develop effective study skills. 3.83 3.55 3.51
Western's FYE program encourages me to become involved in campus activities. 3.13 3.15 3.01
Western's FYE program helps me fit into the WIU community. 3.67 3.45 3.31
Western's FYE program helps me lean where to go for help when I need it. 3.44 3.31 N/A
Western's FYE program has a positive impact on my relationship with faculty members. 3.29 3.18 3.08
Western's FYE program has a positive impact on my relationship with fellow students. 3.22 3.04 2.97
Western's FYE program enables me to respect the views of others. 3.19 3.01 2.86
Western's FYE program has broadened my experiences. 3.39 3.13 3.01
Western's FYE program has a positive impact on my view of the value of lifelong learning. 3.48 3.30 3.07
Western's FYE program helps me appreciate that learning extends beyond the classroom. 3.33 3.10 2.97
Western's FYE program has helped me become more successful in my first year of college. 3.64 3.47 3.20

 

  • With more than 95% of new freshmen living in the residence halls, this presents a valuable opportunity to help students were they live. Residence hall staff have been making a concerted effort to increase the impact of residence hall program and more fully integrate it into the FYE program.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'05 Fall'06 Fall'07
Residence hall FYE seminars/activities covering study skills, transition to college, dealing with roommates, etc., have been of value to me. 4.21 3.80 3.13

 

  • Given that new freshmen indicate that their floor RAs have a great impact on their adjustment to college life, it is important that the FYE program continue to work at integrating the residence halls into the entire program effort.

 

1=Strongly Agree to 6=Strongly Disagree Fall'07
My RA has helped me adjust to college life at Western. 2.42
My FYE Instructor has helped me adjust to college life at Western. 3.28
My FYE Peer Mentor has helped me adjust to college life at Western. 4.08