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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
  •  Service Learning

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 their communities. 

o   The service learning program works predominantly on issues related to education, voter engagement and registration, elderly outreach, community beautification, and food insecurity.   

    o   When students complete their projects in FYS 101 and FYS 102, they will earn 15 service learning hours per class.

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