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Office of First Year Experience

Office of First Year Experience is a program that will provide participating students academic support in reading, writing, study skills and math. It is the goal of this program to ensure that all qualified participants receive personal and academic counseling, course advisement, tutorial services and peer tutoring. The program seeks to improve the retention and graduation rates of its participants by providing comprehensive services which is tailored to the needs of the individual student. Students are also provided an array of cultural activities.

The incoming student is administered standardized tests in three basic skills areas: reading, English and math computation. Since these tests are used for placement, they are given to the student no later than one (1) week prior to each Semester.

An individual interview at the beginning, middle, and end of each semester is arranged between each basic skills level student and the First Year Experience Specialist(s). The purpose of this interview is to discuss individual strengths, weaknesses, and progress. These discussions are based on frequent observation of the student by the First Year Experience Specialist(s).

Students are tested again during the last two (2) weeks of the semester to determine the level of progress achieved. Recommendations for further review, if indicated by these results, are made to the student. Students must score the equivalent grade of 13.0 in all basic skills areas before review is no longer recommended.

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