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Principles of the FYE Course

STEP 1102: Fostering Student Success

The main goal of the University of Wyoming First Year Experience Course, STEP into College, is to foster student success in the first year, an intervention that has been shown to relate to positive student persistence. The principles of the FYE course are as follows:

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  1. STEP 1102 is an optional one-credit supplementary course.
  2. The content in the FYE course complements the First Year Seminar, but does not duplicate it.
  3. Special program-specific FYE courses, such as Health Science, Exploratory Studies, or Honors College, will be offered in addition to the general FYE course.
  4. The teaching methodology is critical to the student’s learning success, so instructor qualifications are very important to the selection process.
  5. The classes will remain small and discussion-oriented with a capacity of 20.
  6. Special emphasis is placed on establishing positive relationships between professors and students.
  7. Reflective writing in journals is essential in order for teachers to keep current with students’ lives and intervene when necessary.
  8. Significant time should be devoted to making students aware of campus resources and referral to services offered when necessary.
  9. Frequent feedback is important for students who are not yet used to college-level demands.
  10. Frequent reading assignments will be incorporated. An ideal model would be the incorporation of a common read across all FYE courses. (Plans to incorporate a Common Read at UW will follow the successful implementation of the first semesters of the FYE courses.)
  11. The FYE course material will be easily applicable to a student’s every day experience. Making connections often between the course content and content outside of the course is essential.
  12. The FYE course emphasizes cultural diversity by incorporating diversity awareness.
  13. The FYE course benefits both students and faculty. Techniques that faculty incorporate in the course contribute to student success and retention; teaching an FYE provides instructors the opportunity to be part of a learning community that offers valuable teaching strategies and reflection. 

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