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First Year Experience (FYE) - Fall 2005 Survey Results

Student and faculty survey response was excellent with 31.4% of students enrolled in Fall 2005 FYE courses and 89.8% of faculty providing input.

Summer Readingcover of Fast Food Nation book

  •  45.6% of students and 81.5% of faculty reported reading Fast Food Nation prior to the beginning of the semester. 48.5% of faculty and 48.6% of students reported that Fast Food Nation was used in their Fall FYE class.

Class Choice (41 courses + 75 professors = 98 options)

  • image of schedule choiceStudents were able to choose from 112 sections of FYE courses in Fall 2005, representing 36 different classes and 75 teachers who accepted the challenge of being the first to incorporate FYE activities into their classroom. 82.0% of the students were able to take an FYE class they were interested in and and 65.3% of students and 54.3% of faculty reported they were pleasantly surprised by their FYE class, finding it more interesting than they originally expected.

Size of Class

  • Small class sizes were one of the important features of FYE classes, with 89.3% of students and 89.5% of faculty reporting that their FYE class was smaller than their other WIU classes. Small size combined with greater in and out-of-class interaction resulted in 58.9% of students and 77.1% of faculty reporting that the small class size helped them get to know each other better. In fact, 90.7% of faculty claimed that the small class size promoted positive faculty-student interaction.

Classroom Discussion

  • Small class size and FYE programming was expected to increase class discussion. Survey results showed that this perceived benefit was successful, with 78.0% of students and 70.8% of faculty reporting more discussion in the FYE classes than in their other WIU classes. In addition, 93.5% of students said that their FYE instructors encouraged classroom discussion and 87.3% reported that faculty encouraged differing viewpoints in class.

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  • 100% of FYE students attended at least 1 out-of-class activity, with 40.6% attending 4 or more. FYE faculty were also active in attending FYE activities, with students reporting that 84.5% of faculty, and also 75.8% of peer mentors, attended out-of-class activities with their class. Faculty agreed with these assertions, with 68.4% reporting that at least half of their FYE students joined the class in attending FYE-related events and 99.0% of the faculty indicated that they had attended 1 or more FYE-related activities.

Peer Mentors

  • 91.1% of faculty were active in choosing their peer mentor and 87.6% of students and 92.8% of faculty reported that their classes had a peer mentor. The value of peer mentors was very apparent, with 58.2% of students and 79.3% of faculty feeling that having peer mentors was a positive aspect of their FYE class.

FYE Program Benefits

  • image of moving upwardThe FYE program began with 12 goals contributing to a successful educational experience for new WIU freshmen. Based on student perceptions, the first semester of WIU’s new FYE program was from 45.7% to 68.4% successful in accomplishing these goals.
    • Help students manage the transition from high school to college – 50.6%
    • Help students develop effective study skills – 45.7%
    • Help students fit into the WIU community – 51.4%
    • Help students learn to go for help when they need it – 57.1%
    • Encourage students to be involved in campus activities – 68.4%
    • Have a positive impact on student relationships with faculty – 63.7%
    • Have a positive impact on student relationships with other students – 65.0%
    • Help students respect the views of others – 66.7%
    • Broaden student experiences – 58.3%
    • Help students value the importance of lifelong learning – 56.0%
    • Help students appreciate that learning extends beyond the classroom – 61.1%
    • Help students be more successful in their first year of college – 50.5%


  • Fall 2005 FYE survey results provide a benchmark against which to measure the continuing development of Western’s innovated FYE program.

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