First Year Seminar

First-year seminar began as a one-credit course, Life Maps and is now a two-credit course, Navigating College and Life.  FYS is required of all students new to Jackson College and in a developmental course. While the intervention started in 2004 as a suggested course, the current approach to FYS launched in 2013 with required faculty training in On Course, a Jackson College-developed Course Pack, and a standard curriculum. FYS enrolls about 1500 students a year.

While developmental students are required to enroll in FYS, each fall up to 200 are waived based on conversations with advisors.  Data show that this practice should be reduced.  Fall-to-Winter persistence of FYS students exceeded the comparison group by 12% (77% compared to 65%) and Fall-to-Fall persistence for FYS students is 46% versus 38% for the comparison group.  Additionally, about 68% of FYS students have  passing GPA  versus 52% for the comparison group.

Based on GPA and persistence data of new students taking, or not taking FYS, Academic Council approved making this a requirement of all new students.  The FYS 131 2-credit course has become SEM 140, a three-credit course with an expansion of career exploration aspects of the course.  Sections of SEM 140 are attached to each of the six Guided Pathways and support student understanding of the career options and educational requirements.  We have hired a coordinator for this program who updates the course pack, selects and schedules instructors, provides training, and coordinates efforts with Student Services and with the Guided Pathways Steering Committee.

ID 16051

To contact this college about this intervention, take note of the ID above, ID #16051, and then fill out the intervention contact request form

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