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A key component to accomplishing Goal 1 of Bold Aspirations is investing in first-year intellectual experiences. In 2011-2012, we took an important step to achieve this goal by creating KU Common Book, developing a first-year seminar program, and piloting new living-learning communities. These programs and opportunities are available to new students beginning this fall.

The Office of First-Year Experience (FYE) was established to develop and support these new initiatives along with existing programs for freshmen and transfer students such as Orientation; Hawk Week; Hawk Days; and PRE 101, KU’s orientation seminar. Because the first year is critical to forming habits that promote student success, all FYE programs focus on student preparation, engagement, and ways to enhance student learning. FYE programs are also designed to introduce students to opportunities for experiential learning.

The Office of First-Year Experience supports KU’s continuing efforts to improve retention, persistence, and time to graduation by creating programs that promote discussion, collaboration, and other forms of active learning. The office also serves as a resource for students throughout the orientation process and as they have questions during their first year at KU.

In 2012-2013, the Office of First-Year Experience will convene committees to review PRE 101 and to develop an institutional plan to expand learning communities. The office will also continue work on the development of pilot online orientation modules and expand the first-year seminar program.

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