First Year Experience
The CHE program prioritizes the first year of a student’s experience as this is a year filled with lots of opportunities and challenges. All CHE students begin their first year by attending the summer CHE Connections orientation program in which students are provided individual attention and develop relationships with their peers. Additionally students work with their academic advisor and prepare for classroom expectations.
CHE participants also take linked coursework with their peers. Most students will take English 122 and ET 100 during their fall semester, and in the spring semester, most will likely take English 123 and Library 150 together. These linked courses allow students to become familiar with their peers and each course is structured to allow for maximum individual attention from the course instructors. For descriptions of the CHE courses click on Curriculum Overview.
Additionally, CHE first year participants will have a minimum of six to eight contacts with their CHE assigned peer mentor each semester and receive integrated tutoring support for their curriculum. Finally, individualized support in navigating personal, financial, and/or living arrangement support is provided as needed throughout the academic year.
Our goal is to establish a life-long relationship with our CHE students within their first year. Once they become upper class students (sophomores, juniors, seniors) they will be require to meet with their assigned CHE academic advisor 2-4 times each semester.