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About First-Year Experience
Formal FYE programming at Armstrong dates back at least to the turn of the century, when the university began exploring various student learning communities and paired course offerings while also expanding its offering of “success” or “university experience” classes.
In 2008, an increased focus on all things FYE included the hiring of several core curriculum faculty who would concentrate efforts on program enhancements and work alongside a newly formed First-Year Experience Task Force comprising university-wide administrators, staff, and faculty. Three years of research, experimentation, and collaboration have brought the program to its present state, one where every entering first-year student has abundant opportunities to identify—and then attain—personally derived marks of success.