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First-Year Experience History | Liberal Arts HIPs

First-Year Experience | Liberal Arts HIPs

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First-Year Experience History | Liberal Arts HIPs

UW-Superior has begun to implement a package of initiatives designed to integrate students into the campus community and its public liberal arts mission. These initiatives offer incoming students a set of experiences that will anchor first-year students within UW-Superior academically, socially, and culturally. 


  • Implement revised orientation program, including induction ceremony


  • Introduction of 10 Freshman Seminar courses
  • Implement methods for increased advisor/advisee contact
  • Pilot Peer Mentoring Program
  • Search for and hire First-Year Experience Coordinator to start on July 1, 2008


  • Creation of FYE Advisory Group
  • Begin discussion of First-Year Seminar requirement
  • Discussion of peer mentoring program and cultural travel opportunities
  • FYE Coordinator to develop university-wide convocations centered on "theme of the year" as well as other FYE programs


  • Peer Mentor program revamped; utilized in Intro to College Experience course
  • Increased number of First Year Seminars(FYS) from 12 to 16 for fall 2010 - added a Distance Learning FYS
  • Proposal put forth for FYS requirement by fall 2012
  • Expanded SOAR to 1 ½ days for summer 2010; expanded parent/family program
  • Implemented Map-Works as an early alert system for freshmen

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