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First Year Foundations (FOUN 1000)

First Year Foundations (FOUN 1000)

The mission of the First Year Foundations (FYF) program is to support entering first year students in making a successful transition into the scholarly life and social community at Young Harris College by providing opportunities for personal growth through academic planning, decision making, and using support services. All sections of FYF are taught by a faculty member and assisted by a peer mentor. FYF is a two credit hour graded and required component of the YHC baccalaureate degree, which all first time, fulltime students must take in their first semester of enrollment. Specific courses have been designed following a theme selected and designed by the teaching professor.

All classes meet at a common hour on Mondays and Fridays, with the same hour reserved on Wednesdays for lab programs developed by the Student Development Division. First Year Foundation classes also provide group and individual academic advising, with the teaching professor serving as the academic advisor for each member of the class. All sections of FYF share common goals and learning outcomes; however, individual instructional teams may develop, emphasize, and assess these goals differently.

FOUN 1000 Goals and Objectives

  • Goal 1: Creating an academic identity – First year students will be challenged to accept their new roles as members of an academic community, where they value and practice scholarly inquiry through discussion, reading, and writing with professors and peers.
  • Goal 2: Belonging – Students will connect with instructors and peer mentors; identify individuals and programs which will provide personal support networks; and become familiar with campus resources related to academic, social, and professional development.
  • Goal 3: Transitioning – Students will identify strategies to increase self-awareness and personal responsibility; explore and develop academic success skills, such as information literacy and critical thinking, and recognize differences in the human experience and the ways those differences enrich the academic learning environment.
  • Goal 4: Planning – Students will practice academic and personal time management techniques; explore and plan for majors, minors, and careers; and identify areas of co-curricular involvement and engaged learning that enrich academic pursuits and goals.

 

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For more information, email the co-directors of the Frist Year Foundations program: 

Dr. Whitney Buser
Mrs. Louisa Franklin