Welcome to the First Year Experience

Cornerstone Experience Course


Your success in college may be determined in the first semester. Being prepared for the college experience and knowing what resources are available to help you can make the difference between good grades and academic failure.

Cornerstone Experience (SLS 1515) is a course to help you successfully transition to college life. The course is designed to help students become self-reliant learners who use critical thinking to achieve academic and career success. Some of the topics we will ask students to think critically about include

  • Selecting Occupations and Majors
  • Habits that Lead to Success
  • Learning Styles
  • Time Management and Goal Setting
  • Note-taking and Test-taking Strategies
  • Use of Technology

In this course, you will acquire skills and habits of mind that you can immediately apply to other college courses. You will also become more familiar with the campus and learn the location and purpose of the College’s support services.

Exemplary Work

Go, Picture, Scribe

Critical Thinking Speaker Series with Jeremy Scahill

News and Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Cornerstone Experience?
  • How will the course help me in my transition to college?
  • Will I be required to take Cornerstone Experience?
  • Why should I enroll in the course?
  • Will I receive credit for taking this course?
  • What will the classes be like?
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Course Outcomes

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Relevancy
  3. Applied Learning
  4. Success Strategies


Cornerstone Experience Logo

The Cornerstone Experience logo is recommended by the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee based on a conceptual design by Florida SouthWestern State College student James Shears.

The DIAMOND duplicates the shape of the Florida SouthWestern State College logo, symbolizing quality of instruction.


Faculty Resources

Links for Creativity in Instruction, Faculty Experiences, and Classroom Management

Quality Enhancement Plan

A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a course of action for institutional improvement that addresses one or more issues contributing to quality enhancement of student learning. Developing a QEP as a part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process is an opportunity to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue or issues that a college considers important to improving student learning. Read More...