Achieving the Dream

First Year Experience Sub Team

The First Year Experience (FYE) focus area, mostly made up of student services staff, tackles the all-encompassing idea of a student’s first year experience here at Danville Area Community College. Research has found that a student’s first year can determine how successful that student will be for the rest of his or her college career, and, because of this, members of FYE are working on making this transitional time as smooth and as positive as possible. After mapping out the ideal first year experience in an effort to see where information and process gaps are currently occurring, members of this area are now focusing on DACC’s freshman orientation course Success in College. A separate task force, combining First Year Experience and Teaching and Learning members, is currently gathering data to determine what changes need to be made to the course and looking at what other schools have done to make their student success courses as informative and beneficial as possible.