Folklore and FYE: Reinventing the First-Year Experience Course by Encouraging the Practice of Traditions

Jenn Horn (University of Southern Indiana)

The First-Year Experience course is designed to help freshmen students acclimate to university life by showing them how to be successful academically, socially, and professionally. These courses exist in various configurations across the country and are often used by universities as a retention tool. Unfortunately, research indicates that the courses have minimal impact, if any, on retention. How might the impact on retention change if the courses encouraged student participation in student-created traditions? This presentation will take an ethnographic look at how student participation in as tradition-bearers in their FYE courses can improve the success of the FYE course.

Part of 24-07 Traditional Knowledge and Educational Practice, Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm