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Includes non peer-reviewed examples of FYE programs, best practices, and development.
Identifying Best Practices in the First Year at Tennessee’s Public Universities
The project will research best practices in First-Year Experience (FYE) programs at
Tennessee’s six public universities. Faculty and staff with responsibility for FYE at
the universities will be contacted to complete a survey on best practices of FYE on their
The First-Year Experience in Two-Year Public Postsecondary Programs
The academic and practitioner literature on the transitional challenges of first-year students at four-year sector in the United States goes back over a century. More recently, two-year institutions have increasingly been adopting first-year practices and programs, in part based on empirical and anecdotal evidence from the four-year sector. However, the history of such programming designed specifically for first-year students in two-year programs is less well-documented than that of the four-year sector, and deserves further attention.
High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter.
A review of the publication "High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter," by George Kuh.
Best Laid Plans: How Community College Student Success Courses Work
Beyond understanding whether first-year student success interventions in community colleges are effective—for which there is mixed evidence in the literature—this study’s purpose was to uncover how they work to realize observed outcomes, including at times unanticipated undesirable outcomes.
One Size Doesn't Fit All: Students' Perceptions of FYE Approaches
Using quantitative and qualitative data gathered from 842 students in 54 courses during Fall 2013 and 2014, this article considers the comparative merits of Living Learning Communities (LLC), "habits of mind" First-Semester Core (FSC) courses, a hybrid-model (LLC-FSC) initiative, and non-FYE courses by considering students' perception of their academic gains and social engagement.
Reinventing the First Year Experience
Blog post on Inside Higher Ed. While this post highlights the goals of FYE at larger research institutions, there are some thought provoking ideas to consider for any school type.
An Integrative Approach to the First Year Experience
The research clearly suggests that academic and non-academic factors are co-active ingredients in supporting retention and graduation, not only in the first year, but longitudinally, and for all students.
First Year Experience
A Doc put together by Tiia Kunnapas, librarian at Flint River, that includes some resources listed in this guide as well as others.