First-year students entering the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) participate in a unique experience to support them in successfully transitioning from high school to college and finding a home in the CEHD community. This comprehensive program is called the First-Year Experience (FYE). Components of FYE include a first-year inquiry course taken with other freshmen in the college that explores a central theme, such as "How Can One Person Make a Difference?," "Food for Thought and Action," and "The Power of the Story" through writing, reading, discussion, and critical thinking. Read more about First-Year Inquiry courses.
In addition, students become part of a Learning Community, in which they take courses-in-common with a cohort of their fellow freshmen. Learning Communities are linked classes that enable students to create a greater understanding of their studies and enhance intellectual interaction with faculty and fellow students. These courses are designed to fulfill the University's liberal education requirements and prerequisites for majors in CEHD. Best of all, they provide an excellent opportunity for students to build strong connections with their classmates and faculty. For fall 2010, twelve Learning Communities were offered in CEHD, including "Exploring the American Dream: Fact? Fiction? Forgotten?," "Multicultural Perspectives on Family and Community," and "The Power of Shared Stories." Read more about Learning Communities.
If you are interested in hearing from current students about their First-Year Experience and advice on getting involved on campus and in the community, check out these video interviews: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/current/undergraduate/fye/default.html.