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First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience is a unique curriculum that all freshmen in CEHD are a part of, designed to build community and help you transition from high school into college. FYE’s rigorous and innovative curriculum includes two semesters: a First- Year Inquiry course in the fall and Learning Communities in the spring. FYE courses help you reach your four-year graduation goals, support the completion of U of M’s liberal education requirements, and meet prerequisites for the majors in CEHD.

Highlights:

  • Small group discussions, encouraging you to get to know your peers and instructor
  • Curriculum focused on multiple perspectives and social justice
  • Collaborative projects with peers
  • Service learning and community engagement
  • Faculty who research the best practices in teaching and learning
Did you know facts Did you know Did you know 93% of our 2015first-year students returned in 2016for their sophomore year.

First Year Inquiry (FYI)

In the fall semester, you’ll enroll in the First-Year Inquiry course, a discussion-based class with a seminar atmosphere focused on developing your reading, critical thinking, and academic writing skills.

The FYI class addresses the shared inquiry: “How can one person make a difference?” by discussing a common book. The fall 2017 book is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and you will examine the book through additional readings, writings, and a collaborative iPad project. Stevenson will be on campus in the fall for a public presentation and discussion. Find out more on the CEHD Reads website.

FYI Faculty

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Learning Communities (LC)

In the spring semester, you’ll enroll in a learning community, two separate classes that are linked by shared themes. You will create connections in your academics and work closely with fellow students and faculty. Learning communities include introductory courses in your major to help you transition into your second year.

LC Faculty

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President's Emerging Scholars

CEHD students in the President's Emerging Scholars program, including students selected for the TRIO Student Support Services program, participate in CEHD's first-year curriculum.