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FYRE (First Year Residential Experience)

First Year Experience Seminar

Bemidji State University
Course Expectations - Reasonable Outcome Measures
University Studies Course Number: 1190

The First Year Experience Seminars at Bemidji State University have been developed to affirm new student potentials, bonds students to our institutional traditions within a comfortable environment, and identify academic and social expectations. These seminars also integrate new freshmen into our campus community, uniting them with faculty, academic advisors, peers, presently enrolled students, and staff. The one-semester orientation course provides a forum in which students can gain tools to: understand and develop skills for meeting academic expectations; respect academic integrity; develop academic advisors associations; utilize campus resources; and participate meaningfully in co-curricular activities.

Seminar curricula will be developed to promote for first-year students a positive adjustment and assimilation into college life including: involving freshmen in becoming engaged with intellectual and social opportunities, which will support their efforts in gaining the most from higher education; improve student attitudes toward the learning process and towards faculty who are responsible for providing this process; help students make friends, develop supportive peer groups; and identify campus mentors with whom they can develop associations.

Our goal is to reduce the likelihood of students having a fragmented, incoherent educational experience. With more involvement of faculty in orientation programming, as identified with the First Year Experience Seminars, more partnerships between academic affairs and student affairs will continue to evolve as the whole institution communicates to new students what is expected of them, as well as what is required of them to succeed.

First Year Experience Seminars will link curricular and co-curricular life by giving students the opportunity to apply academic processes such as reading, writing, group study and oral presentations to a wide range of critical issues and concerns that fall outside the purview of a particular academic discipline. Planned academic and personal assessments will help students learn self-advocacy methods and self-identify areas needing support. Additional topics include but are not limited to: meaning, value, and expectations of a liberal arts education; self-concept and self-esteem; goal setting and motivation; learning skills; and self-management.

Measurable outcomes helpful to students include: academic and social integration; a felt sense of community; and increased quantity and quality of student involvement in the life of the institution.


Statement of Seminar Goals For The One Semester FYE Course

  1. To educate students on the importance of academic advising and the importance of developing and maintaining good associations with academic advisors.
  2. To help students develop goals for careers and academic majors, to master processes and means of achieving these goals through time management and group/teamwork and to provide additional training, practice, experience, and knowledge with developing an Electronic Portfolio.
  3. To enhance student abilities, support student confidence and reduce anxieties in public speaking through class presentations focussing on student skills/accomplishments with oral communication.
  4. Through "service learning" experiences provide students with opportunities to understand responsible citizenship in both University and global communities.
  5. With "weekly journal" writing, promote student confidence in writing composition related, but not limited to, Seminar course content.
  6. To inform and teach students skills for accessing resources of the University including: use of the library and information retrieval skills; Writing enter; Superlab; campus-wide tutoring; Math Help Center; study groups; Career Services; TRIO/Student Support Services; Health Service; and Counseling Center.
  7. To help students establish a respect and tolerance for diversity within the University and the world, learn about study abroad programs and provide them with information on health/wellness issues influential to their success.
  8. To help students develop computer fluency, skills with internet usage and e-mail.

Meet FYRE's Director

Loralyn M. Kuechle

"Welcome to the FYRE program and Oak Hall!  We look forward to you being part of our family here!" --Loralyn.

Click here for Loralyn's bio and contact information.