This Web site provides resources to assist colleges and campuses in developing First-Year Engagement Plans. This site will be updated frequently and your suggestions are welcome (Contact Anna Butler at ). Additional items to post as Good Practices are invited, and when First-Year Engagement Plans have been approved, they will be posted here.

Committee Charge and Members

College/Campus Contacts

Legislative Report, April 29, 2008: Report of the Ad Hoc First-Year Seminar Committee

Senate Record, April 29, 2008

FYE Transmittal Memos

FYS Goals - 2008 Senate Report

  • engage students in learning and orient them to the scholarly community from the outset of their undergraduate studies in a way that will bridge to later experiences in their chosen majors, and
  • facilitate students’ adjustment to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life.

FYS Objectives - 2008 Senate Report

  • to introduce students to university study,
  • to introduce students to Penn State as an academic community, including fields of study and areas of interest available to students,
  • to acquaint students with the learning tools and resources available at Penn State,
  • to provide an opportunity for students to develop relationships with full-time faculty and other students in an academic area of interest to them, and
  • to introduce students to their responsibilities as part of the University community.


Assessment/Learning Outcomes

Sample FYE Plans


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Phone: 814-863-0221

Web page last modified October 8, 2009

Implementation of First-Year Engagement Plans
October 2009 Senate Report

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