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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 students desired major or program of study.


o   Academic Advising:


The Dillard University academic advising module is continuous.  Student have scheduled advising appointments with the Academic Center for Excellence multiple times throughout their first year.  


Academic Advisors serve as an Academic Coach engaging with students to achieve at a high level academically. 


Academic Advisors support student growth and development.  Individual meetings push students to grow and develop as a student and person. 



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:

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.


The service learning program works predominantly on issues related to various social problems experienced within the world.


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



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