First Year Experience Program (FYEX)
Starting a university education is an exciting time. It's a time when your social sphere widens, interests deepen, and the challenges of keeping up with everything become even greater. During this transitional time, you can find it rewarding (and relaxing) to cultivate supportive groups and activities that will help ease the transition and promote academic success. With this in mind, Shepherd has created an innovative program of First-Year Experience courses. These courses offer creative ways to help you acclimate to university life, integrate into the campus community, and enjoy academic success.
“Academic honesty is expected among all Shepherd University students and members of the Shepherd community. By submitting academic work, students warrant that the work is their own and that unauthorized materials or resources were not used. Plagiarism, fraud, unauthorized use of resources—cheating in all its forms is not tolerated. All members of the Shepherd community are responsible for maintaining their own academic integrity and for reporting suspected academic dishonesty.” Shepherd University Student Code of Conduct.
Core Curriculum Requirement
Beginning fall 2011 semester, a first-year experience class is a core curriculum requirement for all first-year students. These courses are designed to help you transition into the university community of scholars and become a successful life-long learner. The first-year experience requirement may be filled by taking one of the following courses:
- FYEX 101 – Freshman Seminar
- FYEX 102 – Interest Group
- Philosophy 100 -- Introduction to Liberal Arts Study (Required for Provisional Students)
- *Departmental First-Year Experience Course , or a course (if offered) in the major that has been designated as fulfilling first-year experience core-curriculum competencies
*Your summer advisor will guide you as to which first-year experience option is most appropriate for you. Please note that some students may be required to take both Philosophy 100 and a first-year experience course designated in their chosen major.
Courses Offered Within the First-Year Experience Program
Freshman Seminar – FYEX 101
The purpose of these one-credit courses is to integrate you into the life and culture of Shepherd University and to prepare you with the foundations for academic success. The course addresses the core curriculum competencies of wellness, information literacy and experiential learning. A text and a copy of the Shepherd University common reading are required.
Interest Groups – FYEX 102
This one-credit course is centered on a common interest shared by a faculty or staff person and the students enrolled in the course (examples include scrapbooking, cooking, hiking). You will sign up for an interest group section of your choice; together you and the other students, your instructor and a Peer Educator will explore the interest as well as discuss survival skills that will help you move smoothly through your courses, the university system, and your new social life. The course will have a concluding celebration that includes all the interest group classes. In addition to active, participatory experiences that enhance learning, you will complete a wellness activity and an information literacy activity. A copy of the Shepherd University common reading is required.
Introduction to Liberal Arts Study – Phil 100
This 3-credit course prepares you for a successful academic career through the cultivation of valued skills in the liberal arts such as critical reading and analysis; writing and discussion; and argument and debate. You will be exposed to a series of readings, compiled by the course faculty, that deal with a range of diverse creative, intellectual, and ethical ideas, You will also be introduced to many helpful campus resources as well as university transition strategies such as time management, study skills, information literacy, note-taking, technology usage, and test anxiety coping skills. A copy of the Shepherd University common reading is required. This course is required for and limited to provisionally admitted students only.
Learning Communities provide you with an inter-disciplinary approach to learning. Subject matter is interrelated and reinforced in both courses, deepening your understanding and revealing the subject’s interconnectedness. Professors work collaboratively on the course requirements. In some cases, they team-teach and are involved in all aspects of the courses, while other times they work together outside of the classroom to link course material. Relevant field trips are often part of the learning community experience. Credits are awarded based on credits assigned to each course in the learning community. You must enroll in both of the linked courses.
Peer Educator Information
One Book, One Community And Common Reading Program
The 2014-2015 Shepherd University Common Reading Selection
There are multiple ways to become involved in the Common Reading Program. The most direct way is to read the book and attend events which expand on issues or topics in the book. Another way to participate is to become a member of the COMMON READING SELECTION COMMITTEE (which meets annually to review and recommend nominations for the next Common Reading) and/or the COMMON READING PLANNING GROUP (which meets throughout the year once the book is chosen to develop programs and events related to the Common Reading). If interested, please contact Shannon Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every fall, each new class of first-year students goes through an Orientation Program the week before classes begin. At the end of Orientation, the culminating event of entrance into the university occurs. This ceremony is called Convocation. Convocation signifies the beginning of a student’s educational journey and by which they become members of the Shepherd University community of scholars.
As a member of this scholastic community, there are many benefits and also responsibilities - one of which is academic integrity. The Student Handbook contains a description of academic integrity and what is expected of all students at Shepherd University.
“Academic honesty is expected among all Shepherd University students and members of the Shepherd community. By submitting academic work, students warrant that the work is their own and that unauthorized materials or resources were not used. Plagiarism, fraud, unauthorized use of resources—cheating in all its forms is not tolerated. All members of the Shepherd community are responsible for maintaining their own academic integrity and for reporting suspected academic dishonesty.
Academic honesty is at the core of being a scholar. As students move through their educational journey at Shepherd, this is one truth that will never leave them and will follow them into their professional and everyday lives.