WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

First year experience courses

First year experience courses, often referred to as college success courses or freshman seminars, are courses for first-year students in 2-year and 4-year colleges. The general goals of first year experience courses are to support the academic performance, social development, persistence, and degree completion of college students. Additionally, first year experience courses often aim to increase students’ sense of campus community and connection to their institutions, while giving students the opportunity to interact with faculty and peers.

Reviewed Research

July 2016
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
Academic achievement Potentially positive effects 2 studies meet standards PS 2,505
 
 
4
Jamelske, E. (2009) PS 1,869
 
 
6
Shoemaker, J. S. (1995, April) PS 636
 
 
3
Attainment Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 8,290
 
 
9
Clouse, W. A. (2012) 8,290
 
 
9
Credit accumulation and persistence Potentially positive effects 3 studies meet standards PS 11,455
 
 
9
Clouse, W. A. (2012) 8,290
 
 
8
Jamelske, E. (2009) PS 1,869 --
Wilkerson, S. L. (2008) PS 1,296
 
 
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