The Freshman Institute at Benedict College is designed to reengineer the first year experience for all first-time freshmen in the first college year to produce better academic success in terms of academic progress and retention. The Freshman Institute is a college-wide supported, comprehensive advocacy program for students in the first year of college designed to transform their first year experience to create an effective learning community. Focusing on academic and non academic behaviors, the Freshman Institute serves as the catalyst for enculturation of first-time freshman students and provides strategies, including curriculum reform, learning communities, and other programs and activities designed to guide first-time freshman students through first-year success. Ultimately, the Freshman Institute seeks to impact the academic, civic, spiritual, social, emotional and intellectual development of first time freshman.

THEME
"TRANSFORMING THE FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE
TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY"

SLOGAN
"BC TRANSFORMERS: ENTER WITH PRIDE; EXIT WITH POWER"

The Freshman Institute operates as a unit in the Division of Academic Affairs. We believe that greater success for freshmen will require improvement in students' efforts, sense of purpose, scholarship, responsibility, accountability, personal pride and service to the greater community-local, national and international. The College has created a cohesive program from our existing wide-ranging efforts and has incorporated additional best practices in the first college year which will significantly enhance positive outcomes in both student learning and in the environment that supports student learning to be measured via substantive and relevant assessment.

All Freshman Students residing on campus will be assigned to Living and Learning Communities based on the academic major and will remain assigned on an Academic Team with comprehensive support from the Freshman Faculty, Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Academic Success Coaches, Student Success Trainers, Learning Specialists and Peer Tutors. The Academic Teams will compete for Individual and Team Recognition based on their academic effort performance and appropriate non-academic effort performance as members of the Benedict College Association of Academics. The Freshman Institute is comprised of three Support Departments: Academic Support Department, Effort Support Department, and Learning Support Department.



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