freshman year experience
Welcome to Freshman Year Experience
As a first-time student, you are the newest member of the Southwest community, and our staff looks forward to serving you! The goals of Freshman Year Experience (FYE) are to cultivate academic achievement and help you succeed.
If you have any questions about our programs and services, please contact us by phone at 323-241-5228, email, or to come visit us in the Library Village, Room 115
About the Program
In fall 2011, Southwest received a Title III Predominately Black Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund a five-year Freshman Year Experience (FYE) project. The goals of FYE are to cultivate academic achievement and interpersonal competencies and to lay the foundation for life-long success.
The grant allows FYE to serve 125 incoming first-time college students per year and implement the following programs and services:
- Extended Orientation
- Summer Bridge
- Learning Communities
- Supplemental Academic Assistance ( supplemental instructions and intensive counseling)
- Faculty Professional Development
We are now in the second year of the grant. Our 2012-2013 participants have successfully completed FYE Extended Orientation, Summer Bridge, and their first semester at LASC. In fall 2012, we offered the first FYE Learning Community with two linked-courses (English 21 and Reading 25) to some FYE students. These students also took a third course in Basic Skills 28CE or Math 115. Supplemental Instructions or tutoring for these four courses were provided.
During each fall semester, the FYE coordinator/counselor works with FYE participants to develop their individual educational plan. Throughout the academic year, academic skills training is provided, and all participants continue to receive one-on-one counseling to monitor their academic progress.
2014 FYE Summer Application
Be part of Freshman Year Experience. The program begins July 8 - August 9. Download an application today.
|What Students Said About FYE|
|“I had an excellent experience at the Freshman Experience. I would recommend it to any others whom will be attending Southwest.”|
|“The Freshman Experience was awesome very helpful! It helped me feel better on the first day of school because I learned more things about LASC.”|
|“I suggest that this program becomes mandatory for all the incoming freshmen.”|
|“I thought the Freshman Experience was spectacular. It gave me a very large insight to how the campus is run and how to obtain information on some things I may be concerned about.”|
|FYE FACT! From Fall 2011 semester to Spring 2012 semester, FYE Students had a 78% Persistence Rate, significantly higher than the 46% overall LASC rate.|