Research and Scholarship

Much national research has focused on the First-Year Experience. A wealth of valuable information can be found at the websites listed below.

National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

For information specific to the first-year experience, click on "Resources" and then on "First-Year Resources."

The Policy Center on the First Year of College

Joe Cuseo Collection (see First Year Seminar page)

The UW Colleges participated in the Foundations of Excellence Project facilitated by the Policy Center on the First Year of College in 2005-2006.  This intensive self-study provided data from our institution within a vetted national framework and resulted in specific recommendations for our institution.  Those recommendations continue to serve as a foundation for the growth of the ESFY Program and its strategic priorities.

The Final Report can be read here:

Foundations of Excellence Project Final Report