Students’ Perceptions of a First Year Experience Course for Psychology Majors at a 2-Year College

First Year Experience (FYE) courses include various topics and presentation styles depending on institutional goals, including information on a particular major and “soft skills” (e.g. time management, adjusting to college, etc.). Research in this area tends to survey students at 4-year institutions who are less likely to be first generation or diverse students, and more likely to be educated in “soft skills.” We surveyed students at our 2-year, open-access college (known for its higher proportion of first generation and diverse students, who tend to lack “soft skills”) on their perceptions of completing the FYE Psychology Majors course. Preliminary results suggest that students liked learning about career paths and course requirements for the degree, but found coverage of topics associated with “soft skills” and reading scholarly research less important. Discussion will involve suggested modifications to make the FYE Course in Psychology more impactful for students at 2-year, open-access colleges.

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4:00pm to 5:30pm

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Teaching and Learning Presentations

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SETOP 2017