First Year Colloquium Faculty Senate Legislation

Which students are subject to the requirement?
The following students are required to take an approved First Year Colloquium, effective Fall 2011:

  • Entering first-time, full-time freshman
  • Entering full-time freshmen transfers with fewer than 12 credit hours

(For the purpose of this requirement, transfer credit does not include credit earned via high-school concurrent classes or IB programs, CLEP, AP, or other accepted credit by examination.)

Enrollment in an FYC is not limited to those who are required to take one.  Entering students who are not full-time and transfer students with 12-18 hours, for example, might benefit from an FYC and can be encouraged to take one.

When should students take an FYC?
Students who will enter in the fall and appear likely to be subject to the requirement should be advised into an FYC during the fall.  If circumstances make it impossible for the student to take the class in the fall, they should be advised into an FYC in the spring.

Students who will enter in the spring and appear likely to be subject to the requirement should be advised into an FYC during the spring.  If circumstances make it impossible for the student to take the class in the spring, they should be advised into a FYC in the subsequent fall.

Which FYC should a student take?
A variety of courses have been approved to meet the requirement. Some sub-populations must take particular courses, regardless of major, for reasons other than the new requirement. These sub-populations and the required FYC courses are indicated in Table 1 below. Students in these sub-populations will be notified of the appropriate course by the administrator of the respective program.

Specific FYC courses were approved to be delivered Fall 2011. Click here for current FYC course listing.