Improving the First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Pilot Program in Housing and Food Services

by Kevin Maurer, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Assessment for HFS

Initiated out of the Foundations of Excellence self-study that focused on improving the first year student experience at Purdue University, University Residences is piloting a First Year Experience (FYE) program in two primarily freshmen residence halls, Owen and McCutcheon Halls.  The purpose of FYE is to provide first year residents with the opportunity to develop skills necessary to help them succeed academically, emotionally, and socially at Purdue.  Centered around seven themes—Academic Success, Career Decision Making, Civic Responsibility, Health & Wellness, Identity Development, Multicultural Awareness, and Relationships—FYE will ultimately expand to impact all first year on-campus residents.KevinMaurer