FYE 101: Succeed at the G is a 3-credit, Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC) Foundations course designed to help new students transition successfully to academic and student life. Students will connect with the UNCG community, campus resources and opportunities, while developing skills essential for academic success, and beginning their journey to discover their own purpose and potential.
FYE 101: Succeed at the G is designed to address the key transition points that new students encounter throughout their first year at UNC Greensboro while framing the information relative to the student population.
There are three student learning objectives tied to FYE 101: Succeed at the G, all of which are intended to help students excel at the G. The learning objectives are achieved through meaningful assignments, readings, and in-class discussions and activities. For more information, view a sample syllabus [PDF]. This sample syllabus provides a breakdown of topics covered in FYE 101. Many sections are dedicated to specific academic cohorts which provide a tailored experience to make the course more applicable to their transition.
FYE 101: Succeed at the G is part of UNCG’s general education program called Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC) and satisfies the Foundations competency. MAC Foundations courses connect students to the campus community through university transition content, information literacy, and transferable skills acquisition to facilitate academic and personal development. Upon successful completion of this MAC Foundations course, students will:
- Develop academic skills in order to demonstrate the ability to identify and use campus services and resources (e.g. Library, Writing Center, Speaking Center).
- Develop goals and plans related to personal purpose, interests, or values between self and community.
- Build connections between self and community relationships with peers, faculty, and staff. (e.g., UNCG, college/student/department, special interest group, social/leadership/service initiative).
- Critically evaluate information and media sources in a variety of formats.
- Incorporate and cite sources accurately and correctly.
1. Connect with the UNC Greensboro Community
As a result of this course, students will…
b. Understand the vast array of support services and resources available and experience meaningful exposure and use of these resources
c. Build an affinity for UNC Greensboro through engagement and understanding of the university’s mission and vision, history, traditions, and values
2. Foster Academic Success
As a result of this course, students will…
a. Learn academic skills and techniques in addition to exercising critical thinking and critical reflection to improve academic performance
b. Identify and use campus services and resources that contribute to their learning and success both within and beyond the classroom
c. Critically evaluate information in a variety of formats and accurately incorporate credible information
3. Engage in Personal Development
As a result of this course, students will…
a. Explore their sense of purpose, meaning, and direction as they begin their college experience
b. Practice self-reflection and self-exploration
c. Connect personal interests, values, and strengths with potential academic majors, goals, and career paths
Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) serve new students as advocates, teaching assistants, and mentors in a section of the FYE 101: Succeed at the G class, a MAC Foundations Course. This course aims to equip students with the tools and resources to be successful in college. PALs have the distinct leadership opportunity to help the students in their class section transition to college, get connected to campus resources, and establish a sense of belonging here at UNC Greensboro!
PALs love helping new students transition to UNC Greensboro. Their roles add such value to the FYE 101: Succeed at the G experience!
- 98%……..of students believed that their PAL genuinely cared about them as a student
- 100%…..of PALs were satisfied with their experience in the role
- 100%…….of PALs reported having a positive relationship and connection with their FYE Instructor
- 100%…….of PALs would recommend the PAL position to their peers
If you are interested in being a PAL in the future, please visit our webpage to learn more about the position.
Do you know of a student who you think would make a great PAL? Please nominate them using the form here.
Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the PAL program. Please contact Mackenzie Radford of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
FYE Instructors are UNCG faculty, staff, and graduate assistants that are committed to the success of our new students. FYE Instructors serve as educators, resources, and representatives for UNCG. Working closely with their Peer Academic Leader (PAL), FYE Instructors strive to create lasting connections and impactful learning experiences for their students.
FYE Instructors support new students' transition to UNC Greensboro!
- 100%....of FYE Instructors believe they benefit from serving in this role
- 100%....of PALS felt connected to and supported by their FYE Instructor
- 98%....of students agreed their FYE Instructor demonstrated excellence in teaching
- 91%....of FYE Instructors would recommend this role to a colleague
If you are interested in being an FYE Instructor in the future, please visit our FYE Instructor webpage to learn more about the position.
Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the FYE 101 Succeed at the G program. Please contact Emily Wiersma of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
FYE 101 Summer Connections is a virtual opportunity offered for students registered for FYE 101: Succeed at the G for the Fall semester. During this event, students will meet their fellow FYE 101 classmates, connect with their Peer Academic Leader that will be in their classroom throughout the semester, and learn more about their MAC Foundations course, FYE 101: Succeed at the G!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mackenzie Radford at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
UNCG holds a national leadership position in student success, having been named first in North Carolina and in the top twenty among public institutions nationally for social mobility, a measure of graduation rates for low-income students. UNCG is relentlessly committed to helping students from all backgrounds realize their fullest academic and professional potential. Reporting to the Office of the Provost, the Division champions student success campus-wide through centralized leadership in academic advising, curricular innovation, new student transitions, and direct support of student learning. UNCG has developed a comprehensive first year experience program for new students. Below is the story of why FYE 101: Succeed at the G is crucial to the success of new students and the impact on new students.
Hear what the Fall 2021 cohort had to say about FYE 101: Succeed at the G.
Each year, New Student Transitions & First Year Experience recognizes select individuals who made a significant impact on the FYE 101: Succeed at the G program. All nominations are submitted by our FYE Instructors and PALs, which makes these awards truly special because the winners were selected by their peers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit nominations, and congratulations to all of our nominees.
2021 - 2022 "The Natural" FYE Instructor Award
Terry Chavis, Research Assistant for the Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education
"The Natural" award is for a first-time FYE Instructor who went above and beyond in their role, and served as a shining example of what the position can be at its best, and this award winner is no exception, as they received several nominations. According to the many individuals who nominated this person, they “always saw this person smiling” and felt that this person was “relatable, kind, caring, and very enthusiastic.” One nominator said they “truly went above and beyond for their students” and “made their classroom one to remember.” Multiple nominators said they would have never guessed it was their first time teaching FYE 101, and one specifically said “they had the energy and insight of an FYE Instructor who had been teaching for years.” When talking about his commitment to helping others, one nominator wrote “He was 100% dedicated and passionate for his students and their path to success, and not only was he great for the students, but he was the best mentor ever!”
2021 - 2022 "The Expert" FYE Instructor Award
Emily Britt, Alumni and Donor Relations Coordinator
"The Expert" award is for a returning FYE Instructor who went above and beyond in their role, and served as a shining example of what the position can be at its best. With numerous nominations, it is evident this FYE Instructor had an impact both inside and outside of the classroom. One nominator described this person as “the most compassionate, caring, and creative FYE Instructor I have ever had the pleasure of working with… and they always brought excitement and passion to their classes.” When speaking about the connections she has been able to build, another nominator said “Her students love her and appreciate her approach, and that is why they stay in touch with her for years.” Some other adjectives used to describe this person were “honest, sweet, and personal” and she even earned the magical statement that all of our FYE Instructors would love to hear their students say about them, which is: “Demanding, yet fair.” Finally, one nominator said “I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it wasn’t for them.”
2021 - 2022 Peer Academic Leader of the Year Award
Joshua Burns, Senior History Major
The "Peer Academic Leader of the Year" award is for the PAL who went above and beyond in their role, and served as a shining example of what the position can be at its best. This recipient racked up a record THIRTEEN nominations for this award, and it is clear that their peers had plenty of great things to say about them - as evidenced by one nominator who said: “Does this really require an explanation?” Someone else said this person is “truly the embodiment of this award… they led by example and inspired all other PALs.” Another wrote “this person’s dedication and care for their students was evident, and they worked just as hard to help out other PALs.” One of the nominators, who I’m fairly certain lived through the 1990’s, said this person “rocks” and they are “da bomb.” There were many incredible adjectives to describe this person, like “caring… loving… responsible… hard working… and approachable,” but I think this nominator nailed it by saying: “They’re just the best.”
2021 - 2022 "Lead by Example" PAL Award
Briana Coleman, Senior Nutrition Major
The "Lead by Example" award is for a PAL whose actions speak louder than words. This PAL may be either an out-in-front or a behind-the-scenes leader, but regardless, their presence is felt in and out of the classroom and they are known for their quality work. According to one nominator, this year’s recipient is “a clear leader, both in and out of the classroom… they were known for their professionalism, care, and commitment to serving others.” When discussing the connections this recipient was able to build in the classroom, one nominator said “they made our class feel like a family.” And finally, one nominator said “our students looked up to her, and so do I.”
2021 - 2022 "Helping Hand" PAL Award
Olivia Carratello, Junior Kinesiology Major
The "Helping Hand" award is for a PAL who consistently demonstrates a solid work ethic, proactively seeks out opportunities to help others, and is a true team player at heart. One nominator said “even outside of required responsibilities, this person was quick to help out and support the PAL program as much as possible.” Another nominator applauded how accessible they were to their students, saying “they were available to their students at all times… whenever they had a question about an assignment, getting involved, or just wanting to vent, this person was there.” Finally, one nominator talked about the recipient’s willingness to help in other ways, such as “GPS sessions and panel opportunities,” and went on to say “they are always looking out for their students and just want the best for them.”
2021 - 2022 "Spartan Spirit" PAL Award
Rebecca Yakel, Senior Psychology Major
The "Spartan Spirit" award is for a PAL who is committed to the FYE 101: Succeed at the G program, committed to student transition and success at UNCG, and embodies what it means to be a Spartan. This year’s recipient “really went above and beyond to help their students make UNCG feel like home and ease their transition” according to one nominator, and another remarked “I have never had a PAL who worked so hard to develop relationships with our students - and I've worked with a lot of PALs.” One person referred to the recipient as “a ray of light.” Other nominators said they “consistently showed up to class with enthusiasm and channeled so much energy to engaging even our most resistant students.” Last but not least, I think Spiro might need to be worried about job security, because one person referred to the recipient as “Spartan Spirit in the flesh.”
Past FYE 101 Award Winners
“The Natural” FYE Instructor Award
2018-2019 Brittany Jellison, Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development
2019-2020 Lindsay Davis, First Year Experience Graduate Assistant
2020-2021 Zoe Palomaki, FYE 101 Curriculum Development Specialist
“The Expert” FYE Instructor Award
2018-2019 Kathleen McGirty, Assistant Director of the Elliott University Center
2019-2020 Dr. Lake' Laosebikan-Buggs, Co-Curricular Initiatives Administrator for Student Affairs
2020-2021 Robert Barker, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Peer Academic Leader of the Year Award
2018-2019 Destiny Harrison
2019-2020 Lex Lee
2020-2021 Deymaris Zambrana-Soler
“Lead by Example” PAL Award
2018-2019 Manuel Valdez Perez
2019-2020 Hailey Paivanas
2020-2021 Joshua Burns
“Spartan Spirit” PAL Award
2018-2019 Korin Norton
2019-2020 Brian Garcia
2020-2021 Mikala Hopson
“Helping Hand” PAL Award
2018-2019 Olivia Tarpley
2019-2020 Mikala Hopson
2020-2021 David Nguyen
Is FYE 101 a required course for all first year students? Do I have to take it?
- FYE 101: Succeed at the G is not currently required, but is highly recommended to first year students as it does count for the required Foundations competency in Minerva's Academic Curriculum. Are you a new student looking to connect with UNCG, make friends, learn academic skills, and more? Then you should register for FYE 101: Succeed at the G now!
How do I register for the course?
- To enroll in FYE 101: Succeed at the G, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student ID. You may also seek help with registration by contacting your academic advisor.
How does FYE 101 prepare students for college?
- FYE 101: Succeed at the G familiarizes students with the different campus resources available at UNC Greensboro, teaches them important academic skills that they will use throughout their time here, and engages students in personal development.
What does this course count towards?
- FYE 101: Succeed at the G fulfills the Foundations competency requirement as part of Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC). This course counts towards 3 credit hours.
How many credit hours can a student receive for this course?
- This course counts towards 3 credit hours.
What is the average class size?
- Class sizes are capped at 30 students.
Who teaches FYE 101?
- FYE Instructors are UNCG faculty, staff, and graduate assistants. They are committed to the success of our new students, serving as educators, resources, and representatives for UNCG. Working closely with their Peer Academic Leader (PAL), FYE Instructors strive to create lasting connections and impactful learning experiences for their students. Learn more by visiting the FYE Instructor website.
What is a PAL?
- Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) serve new students as advocates, teaching assistants, and mentors in the FYE 101: Succeed at the G class, a MAC Foundations course. PALs have the distinct leadership opportunity to help the students in their class section transition to college, get connected to campus resources, and establish a sense of belonging here at UNC Greensboro! Learn more by visiting the PAL website.
Is the course pass/fail?
- No, this course does not work on a pass/fail system. Each student will receive a letter grade based on their performance in the course.
Is the course virtual or in person?
- FYE 101: Succeed at the G is an in-person course.
How often does the class meet? How long are the meeting times?
- The class will meet three times a week for 50 minutes on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, or two times a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes on Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday.
Is this course offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters?
- Yes, FYE 101: Succeed at the G is offered in fall and spring semesters. However, more sections are available in the fall semester.
Are there sections for specific majors?
- Yes, there are sections that are specific majors/schools, such as the School of Education, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Biology.
Is this course just for exploratory first year students?
- No, FYE 101: Succeed at the G is open to all first year students. However, there are specific sections just for exploratory students.
Does this course have a required textbook?
- This course does not have a required textbook.
FYE 101 taught me about a lot of academic opportunities and resources on campus at unc greensboro, and I feel prepared for any academic challenges I may face in the future.
I am so thankful for this course and absolutely recommend it for all first-year students. It helped me grow as an individual and helped me form relationships that I did not expect to have.
This class has helped me view myself in a whole new light and has changed me for the better. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow here and can't wait to continue to do so at UNCG.
The reflections and assessments that I did in this class really helped me with finding out more about myself and what major would be the right fit for me. I truly learned so much about myself.
This is my favorite class and I am going to miss my FYE Instructor and my PAL. They inspired me to be a better student. I am so glad I was in this class, and it is one I'll never forget.
I was able to gain insight on different resources around campus to help with my transition to the G. In class, we also talked a lot about character strengths and weaknesses and I was able to start working on some of my weaknesses, in order to begin the process of transforming into the best version of myself. I also enjoyed meeting people in class who were going through similar challenges that I was because we were able to help each other out. We also got to experience things not every freshman was able to and learn advantages and smart habits we can take and utilize throughout my college years and even when I’m in my career.
I possess total confidence for my future at UNCG solely because of this course.
My FYE Instructor did a phenomenal job and I am so grateful to have had them this first semester! They really worked hard to make sure each and every one of us had a positive experience.
My PAL made me feel at ease & a part of the university very quickly. Being a first generation student, transitioning into college life was a little hard & challenging but I appreciated how [relatable] my PAL was and how she was willing to talk to us and give us advice on the overall college experience.
This class helped me feel more connected to UNC Greensboro than any other one I took this year.
I feel more comfortable in my skin as a result of FYE 101. I was able to speak with different people about my perspective, while also expanding my views about the world.
Every resource I’ve learned from FYE 101, I’ve passed onto my friends. They’ve told me that they wish they could’ve gotten the same information as I did. So I would most definitely recommend the class, as it gives an essential understanding in order to be successful at UNCG.