FYLI Outcomes and Assessment

I. Socializing students for excellence 

Socializing for excellence

Students will understand and adopt the culture of university-level academics, particularly the expectation of high standards, self-reflectivity and self-management.

Critical study strategies/skills

Students will be able to identify and apply the critical study strategies and skills for the course.

Academic support

Students will be able to identify and access appropriate academic support mechanisms and programs.

Challenging and rigorous

Students will invest significant time and effort in challenging and rigorous university-level demands from the offset of the course. 


Students will develop from a novice to a more experienced learner.

II. Design

Active pedagogy

Students will engage in active learning experiences.

Participation / attendance

Students will be responsible for regular participation and attendance in class meetings.

Transparency of course expectations

Students will understand the criteria for class assessments.

Early and often

Students will receive early and formative feedback beginning in the first week of class.

Low-stakes assessments

Students will complete frequent developmental, low-stakes assessments.

Student alerts

Students will receive regular GPS reports and a mid-term grade report.

Disciplinary habits of mind

Students will begin to develop the habits of mind of the discipline’s practice.

Student diversity

Students will participate in a course that values the diverse cultural backgrounds of the students in class.


Students will complete formal or informal evaluation of critical skills and/or knowledge addressed in the course. 


Students will take advantage of learning experiences outside of the classroom.

Inclusive and accessible

Students will have uniformly inclusive and barrier-free access to information, materials, instructional delivery, student activities and assessment.

Community building

Students will develop social networks that encourage peer teaching and learning.

III. Alignment

Alignment between outcomes, learning, experiences, assessment

Students will benefit from close alignment between outcomes, learning experiences, and assessments.

Course coordination

Students in all sections of a coordinated course will encounter comparable learning experiences and assessment