First Year Seminars (FYS)
Chancellor Dr. Renee Wachter approved the 2016 Summer Retention Task Force charge to implement a comprehensive and cohesive First Year Experience that encourages intellectual excitement, advances competence as a college student, and fosters a sense of connection with the University and campus.
First Year Seminars can be an integral aspect of First Year Experience and a student’s immersion into college rigor and life.
Fall 2017 a new FYS model was piloted linking a University Plan general education course with a student success orientation – IDS 130. The new FYS linked course model addresses our commitment to High Impact Practices and improving retention.
After taking a First Year Seminar UW-Superior students report that their FYS:
- Helped them make new friends or meaningful connections with others
- Encouraged them to collaborate with other students
- Made it easier to talk with faculty and raise questions in class
- Encouraged them to see themselves as an active playing in their learning
- Helped them feel like they are a part of a learning community
- Encouraged them to think more broadly, openly, and/or globally
- Helped them to develop critical thinking skills
- Encouraged them to examine new ideas
- Helped them actively question previously held ideas and develop their own views
Spring 2018 FYS IDS 130 Linked Courses - TBD
Professor Kay Biga and her "Swimming with the Sharks" FYS class!
Professor Ginny Donovan's "What is French?" FYS Class