Sarah Wilde, Sharon Smith and Brad Bostian gave a presentation at the NCCCS System Conference in October, 2012. Based on interest at the conference, we conducted an initial planning meeting by phone in November, 2013. Our first face to face meeting was held in Wilmington, NC in March, 2014. Twenty-six people from 4 states attended. At this meeting we elected officers, expanded our bylaws, and developed committees.
At the March 28, 2014 meeting we established the following goals and objectives for TYFY:
Use inclusive language in the bylaws to address the desire to include academic and student development faculty/staff, students, administrators, community leaders, etc.
- Develop a set of common learning outcomes to be shared throughout the colleges particularly in the area of first year success courses
- Identify best practices
- Provide a professional development certification process for faculty and staff involved in the organization
- Provide support throughout the year for faculty and staff, for example having a website built for all members to keep communication going and a place where members can actively collaborate
- Provide a method that fosters constant networking opportunities between student affairs practitioners and academic affairs practitioners
- Provide guidelines for individuals that work with first year students in particular roles, for example, advisors/counselors, faculty, etc.
- Establish a set of professional standards and code of ethics to accompany the guidelines
- Develop a campus assessment tool to assess the financial situation of first year students
- Provide a mentoring experience specifically tailored to first year students
- Establish a tool box of sorts to house all the different types of first year experience programs for comparison and analysis purposes across the state and the nation
- Provide a way to include students at the table
- Conduct research into the specific needs of community college students
- Provide administrative assistance for community colleges that desire to create or establish First Year programs on their campuses
- Develop a common language for first year students, faculty, staff, and administrators
- Allow for a stronger focus on retention efforts of first year students by building the justification needed when addressing the data given to administrators
- Provide an effective assessment resource for support among first year offices
- Search and apply for grants and look for funds to support the organization