Center for First Year Experience
Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) [NOTE: All of these functions now fall under the Academic Center for Excellence]
Assist students in experiencing a successful transition into Dillard University during
their first year of college. This goal is accomplished through the coordination of
the First-year Learning Communities, First-Year Seminars, University Convocation,
Academic Advising, Service Learning, and Academic Success Workshops.
o Learning Communities
- The FLC model at Dillard centers around meeting the individual needs of first-year
students by integrating intensive advising, academic and support resources, as well
as peer mentoring into multiple aspects of their first-year experience.
- FLCs are built around a particular field of interest placing 25 students in four-five
required general education courses that will apply to their major.
o Academic Advising
- The advising model is an intensive model requiring students to participate in a number
of scheduled appointments regarding their on-going academic performance and their
intended course of study. During these meetings, students are also engaging in discussions
related to their social integration into the university community and their future
plans once they graduate from Dillard. Academic Advisors serve as an Academic Coach.
Through this process, the students are being empowered to take charge of their learning
and to develop strategies that will support their growth, development and ultimate
success. These conversations are intended to assist students in understanding the
holistic nature of their college experience.
o Early Alert Program
- Early Alert is based on a national model of early intervention for students who demonstrate
characteristics that hinder academic performance and scholastic success within the
first six weeks of the semester. These characteristics include:
- Excessive tardiness or absences
- Lack of participation and engagement in the course
- Failure to submit assignments or submission of incomplete assignments
- Grades that indicate potential failure in the course
- Not reading or being prepared for class discussions
o Service learning creates opportunities for students to engage with faculty in the
application of the knowledge acquired in their courses to real world problems within
o The service learning program works predominantly on issues related to education, voter
engagement and registration, elderly outreach, community beautification, and food
o When students complete their projects in FYS 101 and FYS 102, they will earn 15
service learning hours per class.