First Year Experience programs have been shown to improve student success—but what about the following year? After completing their first year, sophomores may still struggle (commonly refered to at "the sophomore slump"), but they won’t have the same FYE support structure. This is something to consider as many universities have focused on FYE programs, but have neglected to develop a strategy to retain students in their second year, another critical period in the academic journey.
Have you done outreach to your transfer students? If not, you may want to consider transfer students as another important student group to support. Building upon previous posts in this series covering orientations for first year students and international student events, in this post we’ll look at outreach services to transfer students.
FYE Correspondent Raymond Pun recently interviewed Jessica C. Lewis and Yolanda Tugwell, librarians at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Library in Kingston, Jamaica. They discussed some of the proactive steps their library takes to meet new students in the dormitories and at the writing center, in addition to providing one-shots for almost 3,000 first year students annually.
By Kenya Flash and Raymond Pun
Thinking of creative ways to teach the ACRL Frames using Credo? We began our discussion of Credo and the ACRL Frames, here. In this piece, we’ll cover three additional frames that will assist you in diving deeper into the complexities of research for your students. The three frames we will explore through this post:
Librarians Ray Pun (Fresno State) and Kenya Flash (Yale University) recently joined us to discuss teaching social justice issues using Credo. Campuses have always provided a space to nurture political thought and activity, and librarians can tap into students’ growing interest while also teaching sound research strategies that will benefit all of their studies.
FYE Correspondent Raymond Pun recently interviewed Lilly Ramin, the First Year Experience (FYE), Sociology, and Instructional Technologies Librarian at the University of North Texas (UNT). Their conversation covered Lilly’s experiences and activities in fostering new connections with student affairs, admissions, administrators, and other colleagues in support of the FYE.
I often get emails from other academic librarians asking how they can increase their outreach efforts serving first year students. (Thank you for your emails!) One way to enhance your student services as an FYE librarian is to engage with your student affairs or student services division directly. Typically, this division supports all student-related matters from enrollment, to outreach, to health and wellness, to student conduct.
FYE Correspondent Raymond Pun recently interviewed Melissa Harden First Year Experience and Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon, Instructional Design Librarian from the University of Notre Dame. Their conversation explores how the Hesburgh libraries support the FYE through embedded services and faculty professional development.
Instructional librarian Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe has been researching what misconceptions about information literacy students carry with them to college, and investigating what types of pedagogical responses best correct these. In a recent webinar she discussed the challenges of teaching information literacy to first year students, and shared her initial findings. Download the full recording here, and view her presentation slides here.
By Kenya Flash and Raymond Pun
Are you looking for creative ways to teach the ACRL Frames? In this piece, we’ll cover three frames that can be used to dive deeper into the complexities of the research process, and show how Credo can help students put these concepts into action.