By creating a signature set of programs and experiences to help new students become thriving members of the Oregon State University community, the first-year experience initiative will create opportunities for students to pursue knowledge, engage in community and build their best selves during their first year and beyond.
Students who are looking for relevant information about the first-year experience initiative are welcome to visit the FYE student website.
The First-Year Experience Task Force was convened in spring 2012 by Larry Roper, Vice Provost of Student Affairs. Co-chaired by Susie Brubaker-Cole, Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement, and Mark Hoffman, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College Of Public Health and Human Sciences, to design a plan to improve the quality of the first year experience and contribute to student success in the first year and beyond.
Original First-Year Experience Task Force Charge
- Design a plan to improve the quality of the first year experience and contribute to student success in the first year and beyond
- Develop a compelling vision of how Oregon State should best be configured to deliver optimal support and structure for a coherent first-year experience
- Conceptualize an experience that will:
- Deepen students’ connection and commitment to Oregon State
- Advance best practices in undergraduate education and
- Create a signature experience that will be treasured by students
Released in November 2012, the task force’s report included a series of recommendations to create a pathway for the university to actively foster and reinforce learning and development across all spheres in which our students interact.
Key goals from the Task Force report:
- Increase retention and equity of success across student populations
- Create a renewed residential climate built on academic engagement
- Improve pathways for major exploration and transitions for major-changing
- Collect data on early student adaptation and enact early support and interventions for our most vulnerable students
- Enhance key first-year curricula to promote deep learning and greater success and engagement
- Facilitate individualized student planning for success and engagement including early planning for experiential and applied learning in the upper-division years