Re-imagining the First Year

Re-imagining the First Year


Build a robust collection of strategies, programs, and approaches that we will use and adapt to improve students’ first-year experiences.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is one of only 44 institutions selected to participate in the grant-funded “Reimagining the First Year of College (RFY)” project by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The RFY project is a sweeping initiative aimed at transforming the first year of college to enhance students’ success in their undergraduate years and in the 21st century workplace.

UALR will select and implement proven, innovative strategies and programs, adapting them to the campus’s unique environment and needs. The evidence-based strategies focus on four core areas to help first-year students succeed:

  • Institutional Intentionality
  • Curriculum
  • Faculty and Staff Roles
  • Student Roles

UALR also will participate in a learning community along with the 43 other state colleges and universities selected for RFY. The learning community will enable participants to attend national conferences and educational webinars, receive one-on-one mentoring, access online tools and resources, and share ideas, successful strategies and lessons learned with each other.

Have an idea, question, or comment you want to share about the RFY project? Contact us at Vision 2020.

Read full news release at UALR Now.