Program Overview

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.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding and an appreciation for the meaning, purpose, and benefits of a Liberal Arts education and demonstrate this by being self-directed, productive students, and members within their community.
  2. Apply a variety of transferable, durable skills needed for success at university level and beyond. Skills include goal-setting, note-taking, test-taking, reading, writing, listening, and presenting.
  3. Critically question and analyze their own physical, emotional, and social behavior to demonstrate awareness between academic well-being and personal choices.
  4. Integrate into the AUK liberal arts culture by attending and actively participating in a variety of co-curricular events and indicate this through reflecting on and summarizing their experiences.
  5. Identify and apply practical strategies for higher level thinking by successfully completing a variety of class assignments and assessments such as: reflections, exams, projects, and presentations.
  6. Examine and construct self-reflective practices and employ effective behavioral strategies conducive to learning and becoming an effective member of the University community.

Students must complete with a grade C- or better in the following courses:

UNIV 100 Essential of Learning (2)[L]
UNIV 110 University, Community, and Citizenship (3)[L]