Using An Assessment Model to Enhance First Year Student Success and Retention. Carrie McLean, Director Karen Hauschild, Associate Director Kim Outing, Asst. Director for Assessment First Year College Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs. In retrospect..How FYC Began.
Carrie McLean, Director
Karen Hauschild, Associate Director
Kim Outing, Asst. Director for Assessment
First Year College
Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs
Opened its doors in the summer of ‘95.
Administrative mandate to create an intervention program for undecided student
Ultimate goal to improve retention and graduation rates
Reduce “phantom” majors
Research based initiative
Historical Perspective on FYC Development
FYC Village Example
Q & A
Located within the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs
One of 10 colleges at NCSU
Serves exploratory students
720 first-year students in 2007
Staff (12 Academic Advisers, 4 Assistant Directors, 2 Admin.assts.,
1 graduate intern, 3-5 student assts.)
The mission of the First Year College at NC State University is to guide students through a structured process for transition to the University and selection of a major. This is accomplished through one-on-one advising, teaching and experiential learning, and the FYC Village, emphasizing theoretical and practical methods of inquiry, guided reflection, assessment and analysis. Through this process students will gain the foundation for acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become self-reliant and productive citizens of an increasingly diverse community.
First Year College
Intensive Advising Model
Personal relationship between advisor and students
Curriculum – Introduction to University Education I & II
Taught by student’s adviser
1-hour, 2-semester, required, letter-graded course
Transition, Academic Success, Self-Exploration, Major and Career Exploration, and Decision-Making
Living Learning Community
Linked FYI Courses
Assessment components built in from the start
New dimensions added over time
Met some resistance from staff
Continuously developing process
Assistant Director position
Strategic focus on integration/project management
Move from resistance to enthusiasm
Based on Maki & Bresciani; Palomba & Banta models
Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs AssessmentOffice
Division “A” Team
Assessment representatives from all division units
FYC Assessment Team
Assistant Director for Assessment
Provide input for assessment direction
based on mission and goals of unit
Develop annual assessment plan
Manage assessment activities for unit
Assist staff and provide staff development
Collect and review assessment data
Draft and report recommendations
Close the loop
What exactly do I need to do and when?
And how will this data be used?
Who is the “go to person” for questions?
Formatted to help staff think about assessment when planning new programs
Data in addition to anecdotal information
Brings staff actively into assessment process
Did we meet success criteria?
Did we get useful information?
What changes are needed, if any?
Future assessment needs?
Responsibility and timing for implementation of decisions
Residential Experience Success and Retention: FYC students may enhance their first year experience by selecting to live in the FYC Residential Community within Tucker and Owen Residence Halls. Conveniently located on Central Campus, these halls house the First Year College advising offices and offer students an enriched academic and social environment.
Created a Village Advisory Council in the Fall 2004 made up of representatives from FYC, University Housing, FYI Faculty, and Student Leaders.
Provide a living environment focused on supporting the academic success of students at NC State.
Collaborate with campus community to promote student connections to one another and the university.
Foster personal growth by offering educational, leadership and social programs.
FYCV participants will post a higher fall GPA and pass more hours than selected comparison cohorts
FYCV participants will persist at a higher rater than selected cohorts.
FYCV participants will utilize and benefit form campus resources.
Pack Study & Writing Services will report 75% useage of available hours with the majority of users from the Village
Village participants will report usage of tutorial services at a significant level when compared to their cohort
85% of students will agree or strongly agree that an RM was a valuable resources for transition and academic success
75% of Village students will report studying with peers.
Linked, non-linked GPA & hours passed comparisons
Student Experiences Survey (SES)
Documented evidence of success
Adaptability of Model
Making the time and taking the effort to do assessment pays
Assessment does not equal evaluation