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First Year Experience Program

Coordinator: Ms. Hala Al-Najjar

The first year of university is an exciting, yet often challenging time for students. Among many things, the First Year Experience program at AUK is designed to help students transition to a university environment, while also introducing them to the value of a liberal arts education. The FYE Program does this by requiring students to take two required courses (University 100 and University 110), and by involving them in extra-curricular activities on campus. By the end of the program, through both didactic and experiential learning, students will have acquired a range of academic, personal, and social skills including developing an appreciation of a liberal arts education, acquiring vital higher-level thinking skills, and ultimately attaining a sense of personal empowerment and academic self-efficacy.

The First Year Experience strives to integrate all first-year students into the university’s liberal arts environment by empowering them with essential academic, personal, and social skills.   Students learn through holistic and experiential methods that encourage self-assessment and reflection. Ultimately, students in the FYE program are encouraged to become empathetic leaders and active agents of change within their communities.

The FYE program hopes to add more campus-wide programs as well as work in partnership with other departments and campus organizations. We aim to develop more community-based opportunities for students to apply interdisciplinary course concepts. By offering more professional development opportunities in the future, we aspire to inspire faculty and staff to promote campus wide learning.

FYE Core Values:

  • Individual evolvement in academic, social and personal development.
  • Holistic development
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Creating a safe, constructive and stimulating campus-wide environment
  • Active and experimental learning
  • Integrity, empathy and responsiveness
  • Professional growth and development
  • Community service

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