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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 (e.g. business, biology, exploratory), which provide a tailored experience to make the course more applicable to their transition.

1. Connect with the UNC Greensboro Community

As a result of this course, students will…

           a. Form strong social connections by developing positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty to develop a sense of belonging

           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) primarily serve new students as advocates, teaching assistants, and mentors in a section of the FYE 101: Succeed at the G 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 had a positive experience and would recommend the position
  • 100%…….of PALs reported having a positive relationship with their FYE Instructor
  • 100%…….of PALs reported having a high level of satisfaction in their role
  • 100%……of PALs agreed that they were properly equipped to do their jobs well

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 mrwinslo@uncg.edu 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!

  • 90%....of FYE Instructors believe they benefit from serving in this role
  • 99%....of students agreed their FYE Instructor demonstrated excellence in teaching
  • 86%....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 program. Please contact Emily Wiersma of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu if you have any questions.

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 2020 cohort had to say about FYE 101: Succeed at the G.

FYE 101 Assessment Overview

Course Evaluations

Course Evaluations - Transfer Students

Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)

FYE Instructors

Campus Partner Workshops

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.


2020 - 2021 "The Natural" FYE Instructor Award
Zoe Palomaki, FYE 101 Curriculum Development Specialist

"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. According to the many individuals who nominated her, she “infused so much care and detail in her approach to engaging and educating her students”. In FYE Instructor professional development sessions, she was “always the one sharing new and brilliant ways” to engage students and a peer FYE Instructor wrote “I learned so much from her sharing out. I’ll use some of the approaches to assignments and strategies used in class moving forward in future semesters“. As a campus partner someone wrote that they “admire her knack for advocating for her students without stepping on their agency as individuals”. The title “rockstar” has been used multiple times to describe her, and her teaching has been described as “innovative”, “impressive”, and “thoughtful”. One nominator even wrote that they “genuinely wished I was a first student taking FYE 101 with her”, and others even mentioned her “Toffee Tips” where she creatively used her dog to help teach her students!

2020 - 2021 "The Expert" FYE Instructor Award
Robert Barker, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

"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 Robert Barker had an impact both inside and outside of the classroom, as they described his “fun-loving personality” and his “capacity to care… by making sure he reached out to each student and made sure they knew that they had him to go to for anything”. His PAL shared that their students “came into class looking forward to it” because they knew they would leave “with a smile on their faces”, and that “during an extremely hard semester… he helped us to escape from the harsh realities of the outside world, even if just for 50 minutes twice a week… allowed us to see a little light in dark times”. A fellow FYE Instructor described him as “my go-to guy” and went on to say “the only way I survived my first semester as an FYE instructor was because of” him. As FYE Instructors, others can look to him to offer “great advice and tips on how to make my semester easier and keep my students engaged”. It is clear Robert Barker “created a really supportive in class and out of the class environment that I’m sure his students were grateful for”.

2020 - 2021 Peer Academic Leader of the Year Award
Deymaris Zambrana-Soler, Senior, Sociology Major

With nominations in several categories tonight, it is clear Deymaris Zambrana-Soler had an impact across the FYE team. According to one nominator, Deymaris Zambrana-Soler “is always so full of life and joy. She brings such a spark to the program and to UNCG as a whole. She cares so much about the students as well as her peers.” Her peers described her impact as stating “When I first met her I felt this aura of care and passion for helping others.. She exceeded (her) role with just the amount of support she put out to everyone.” Another nominator wrote “She’s the best. That’s all I can say. Words cannot begin to encompass her spirit, energy, and dedication to the job”. Other words used to describe Deymaris Zambrana-Soler were “genuinely caring”, “committed”, and that “she is an incredible example of the attitude of a PAL”.

 

2020 - 2021 "Lead by Example" PAL Award
Joshua Burns, Senior, History 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 of his nominators, Joshua Burns “always was finding ways of making his students feel like they belonged, helping them come out of their shells slowly, but surely.” Another nominator wrote" he was always in the group chat being friendly, wanting to help, and encouraging wherever he needed to.” We are looking forward to Joshua Burns continuing to lead by example as PAL Captain for this upcoming year.

 

 

2020 - 2021 "Helping Hand" PAL Award
David Nguyen, Sophomore, Communication Studies 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. According to his nominators, he “shined in his role as a PAL! He has taken every opportunity to be part of videos, discussions, and more to welcome our new Spartans to UNCG and the FYE 101 program.” One nominator wrote “he is very passionate and knowledgeable about his role and all the resources that UNCG provides. He provides wonderful words of wisdom as he motivates our students and others.”

 

 

2020 - 2021"Spartan Spirit" PAL Award
Mikala Hopson, Senior, English 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. According to her nominators, Mikala Hopson “loves UNCG and loves being a PAL, and it is extremely evident in all that she does”. Words such as “warm and welcoming personality, incredible spartan spirit, and passion” were mentioned. One nominator went on to say, “I learned so much working with her and I know our students did too. She went above and beyond for her students all the time.”

 

 


Previous 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

“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

Peer Academic Leader of the Year Award
2018-2019 Destiny Harrison
2019-2020 Lex Lee



“Lead by Example” PAL Award
2018-2019 Manuel Valdez Perez
2019-2020 Hailey Paivanas

“Spartan Spirit” PAL Award
2018-2019 Korin Norton
2019-2020 Brian Garcia

“Helping Hand” PAL Award
2018-2019 Olivia Tarpley
2019-2020 Mikala Hopson



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 yfy@uncg.edu 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 fulfills the Foundations competency requirement as part of Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC).

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 25 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) primarily serve new students as advocates, teaching assistants, and mentors in a section of the FYE 101: Succeed at the G 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.

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 to certain majors/schools, such as the School of Education, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, and the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

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.

Do I have to take this course if I am already taking another first year course? (Honors Colloquium, BUS 115, etc.)

  • If a student is already taking a transition course at UNC Greensboro they do not have to take FYE 101: Succeed at the G, but they are welcome to.

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

I possess total confidence for my future at UNCG solely because of this course.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

Not only did the content that we discussed in class greatly impacted my college experience, but so did my FYE Instructor and PAL. The material really helped me adjust and reach out on campus and I grew close with my FYE Instructor as well as my PAL! This made me feel more comfortable during my transition to college!

FYE 101 STUDENT

This class helped me feel more connected to UNC Greensboro than any other one I took this year.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT

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.

FYE 101 STUDENT