Course Outcomes

Welcome to the First Year Experience

1) Critical Thinking assists students in developing the skills of analysis, evaluation, and justification to improve thinking and guide behavior.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will

  • Apply the intellectual traits, standards, and elements of reasoning in the context of their personal and academic lives
  • Demonstrate intellectual rigor and problem-solving skills by analyzing and evaluating information, generating ideas, and resolving issues.
  • Explore how background experiences impact their values and assumptions and explain how they influence personal relationships

2) Relevancy promotes student engagement in learning activities that connect course content to each student’s own academic and career objectives. Through purposeful connections and meaningful experiences, students will be guided toward successful completion of educational goals.   

Upon successful completion of the course, students will

  • Construct a plan for a successful path into and through completion of a degree or certificate
  • Evaluate student-to-student and student-to-faculty interactions, and reflect on their relationship to academic, career, and social development
  • Reflect on the General Education requirements at Florida SouthWestern State College and articulate their application to academic and career goals 

3) Applied Learning enables students to reinforce skills learned in Cornerstone Experience by applying them in other classes and settings.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will

  • Enhance their awareness of the larger diverse community both inside and outside Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Apply one or more skills learned in the FYE course to other academic endeavors

4) Success Strategies help students achieve their personal and educational goals, acquire skills and knowledge, become more mature in their thinking, assume greater responsibility for their own lives and learning, and develop understanding of diversity and multiculturalism in preparation for the professional world.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will

  • Develop strategies for effective written and verbal communication, use of technology, listening, reading, critical thinking and reasoning
  • Demonstrate independence and self-efficacy through effective personal management, use of college resources and the development of positive relationships with peers, staff and faculty