Re-Centering the Student as the Center of FYE by Building Community through Folklore

Jenn Horn (University of Southern Indiana)

FYE (First-Year Experience) programs were originally designed to help students transition to university life and show them how to be academically and professionally successful. Universities believed that if these courses were successful, that success would translate into higher retention rates. The issue, however, is that FYE programs were designed by administrators and/or faculty who haven’t been freshman for some time and have little experience of the realities of today’s freshman experience. This presentation will discuss using students’ folklore as the basis for FYE programs, effectively recentering the program around students in order to increase their engagement with the university community.

Part of 03-11 Folklore and Education Advocacy, Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm