First-Year Experience (FYE) Subcommittee of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) focuses on programs and services that support faculty members who teach primarily first-year courses and other barrier courses. The committee’s objective is to support the University in its goal to increase student retention and graduation rates by developing faculty expertise in teaching.
As a part of these broader goals, the FYE subcommittee plans programs for the CTLE Course Innovation Initiative, Gateways to Completion (G2C) program, and the Core Curriculum Freshman and University Seminar courses as described below:
Course Innovation Initiative (CI2): The CTLE distributes an annual request for proposals from faculty who want to collaboratively implement innovative and evidence-based teaching strategies into their courses. The Center supports course redesign projects with targeted training, resources, and funding. The CTLE hosts a workshop covering the principles of course design each semester and all faculty—whether involved in a CTLE-funded project or not— are welcome to attend.