First Year Experience (FYE) is a continuum of reinforcing experiences that help students to transition from high school to college.
New Student Orientation
Every fall, Florida Memorial University receives new first-time freshmen and transfer students. Our New Student Orientation (NSO) program introduces students to the university, acquaints them with services and staff important to their development and retention, provides walking tours, and helps to ease the transition to campus. Beyond the admissions process, NSO is the university’s first point of contact with incoming freshmen.
New Student Orientation (NSO) is an annual collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs where the primary goal is to acquaint students and their families with the university and its resources. A student’s success depends heavily upon his or her ability to adjust to college life and navigate the classroom, financial aid services, and the academic support networks available throughout the campus. FMU provides a wide range of student support services and during NSO, students are introduced to these services and are provided with information from every office that will prove beneficial to their success.
Fall convocation takes place in early September. It is the university’s official welcoming of students to the academy. Convocation is the second stage of the First Year Experience and serves to acquaint students with the formal history of Florida Memorial University. Convocation is also used nationally as the official day for welcoming new students. The entire university participates in a graduation-style setting for this purpose, and students are asked to dress in white tops and black bottoms for the occasion.
FMU 101 and FMU 102
University 101 is a course designed to help students fully transition and to help them do so successfully.
Taught primarily by CARS staff and departmental faculty, University 101 – FMU 101 – helps new students become collegians. The course convenes each Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Using a common syllabus and open resources, University 101 includes studies in the history of Florida Memorial University, critical thinking, personal development and etiquette, career planning, entrepreneurship, classroom success skills, and leadership. These topics are taught during the first semester in a two-credit hour course. This course is a graduation requirement and all new students are required to enroll in it unless they have an equivalent course for transfer.
FMU 102 – Thinking Critically About the Disciplines, is a one credit course offered each spring. The intent of this course is to help students to understand their degree programs and the career pathway they have selected.
Critical components to the Intrusive/Developmental Advising Model that we utilize in constructive intervention include:
- Academic Improvement Plans (Academic Warning, Academic Probation)
- Mandatory Advising Conferences
- Early Alerts
- Mid-term Unsatisfactory Grade Alert
Throughout each semester, Advisor-Advocates’ roles are expanded to meet the needs of advisees at varying levels and class performance.
Interventions include semester-long monitoring of students on academic plans, providing academic counseling and making appropriate referrals for students who are reported as being in academic jeopardy.
Early Alerts are reported as soon as at the end of the fourth week of class and are used to follow up with advisees regarding the need to become vested in their education even in the very first semester.
Mid-term Unsatisfactory Grade Alerts allows for conversation to also improve performance and to utilize campus resources aligned with helping them to be successful.
The foundation of these interventions is the mandatory advising conferences scheduled strategically through the semester. They serve to address reported alerts along with other matters that may be affecting students’ performance. The Intervention goal is to guide and direct students into the focus of now, while demonstrating to them how to build a solid educational foundation that will carry them to the ultimate goal of obtaining a college degree without collapse.
CARS offices and labs are located in Sarah A. Blocker Hall.