2013-14 Unit Plan
First Year Experience

Mission Statement

The mission of the First Year Experience department is to work cooperatively and creatively with academic and support services to offer students a comprehensive first-year experience that empowers them as engaged learners, integrates them into the college community as meaningful participants in campus life, and facilitates their successful transition into future transfer and career pathways.

Program Description

The FYE department provides centralized collaboration for first year courses and efforts at Butte. The many excellent student and transfer success programs across the campus have a contact point as they seek to coordinate efforts around the first year experience of our students.

The FYE department houses the following courses and programs:
•	Life Management (LM40)
•	College and Life Success (CSL20)
•	On Course (ED100)
•	Career & Life Planning (CLP30)
•	Transfer Success (CSL21)
•	Exploring Leadership (CSL92)
•	Other Counseling classes as offered
•	Learning Communities (coordinator has reported to this department)

The FYE department collaborates with the following courses and programs:
•	Health and Wellness (HLTH2)
•	College Study Skills (READ126)
•	English 119 (selected classes)
•	New Student Orientation
•	Recruitment, Outreach and & Student Life
•	Center for Academic Success
•	Information Literacy courses
•	Student Success Committee
•	Counseling (provide group academic advising to FYE classes each semester)
•	Assessment
•	Numerous other departments across the campus

The FYE department ensures consistency across the FYE Student Success Classes as they address mutually agreed-upon common core curricula (see SLOs)

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

The FYE department will seek to ensure student access To “FYE Student Success Classes.”

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    If, as is consistently seen in excellent FYE programs across the country, we want to make our FYE Student Success classes a pivotal “jumping off” place for our new students, we obviously must offer enough sections to accommodate the need. When First Year students are successful, it translates over time to the entire campus being more successful.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    The FYE department will make strategic, broad-based collaboration with groups, departments and individuals across campus its ongoing focus. In particular, FYE will broaden its collaborative model to include working with developmental Math and English to encourage new students to take Math and English in their first year; and to generate meaningful dialogue between FYE, Math and English faculty around empowering students' success during their first year at Butte College.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Recommendation 2.4 of the Advancing Student Success in California Community Colleges,  The Recommendations of the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force is to “Require students whose diagnostic assessments show a lack of readiness for college to participate in a support resource, such as a student success course, learning community, or other sustained intervention, provided by the college for new students.” 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    The FYE  department will continue to work with colleagues to explore ways to ensure that first year students receive appropriate training in digital literacy as needed.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Numerous conversations and meetings over the past several years have reinforced the need for students to be prepared to succeed in an increasingly digitized and technological world. As Blackboard is used in virtually every class at Butte, and as faculty broaden requirements for students' use of technology in instructional settings, new students need to be equipped with at least basic digital competency skills.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    The current resources allocated to the FYE department are adequate to meet need. 

    Current Revenue Stream

    FYE Department Operating Budget:

     

    Life Management Department budget (supplies):

    $1,100.00

    FYE Department budget

    $4,000.00

    Life Management Foundation Account(from LM40 workbook fees, for LM program development use only) as of 12/2011:

    $5,278.33

    Total:

    $10,378.33

    Augmentation Requests

    None