First-Year Experience at CCU
The First-Year Experience (FYE) is designed as a learning environment which enables first-year students to develop creative and critical thinking skills, information literacy, and the personal and social skills needed to facilitate a successful transition from high school to university. This purpose will be attained by:
- Developing creative and critical thinking strategies which will increase the ability to implement solutions to the complex and diverse issues of a global society
- Fostering a commitment among students, faculty and administration to a collaborative academic community dedicated to inquiry and productive student learning
- Identifying the resources available and the habits and skills necessary for the student to make a successful transition from a high school to a university academic and social and work environment
In this course, the student will interact with peers, faculty and staff, and other members of the Coastal community. The student will take an active role in his/her education by participating in forums, workshops, discussions, readings, case studies, and a community service project. The student will complete a series of assignments keyed to the above. These assignments might be in the form of presentations, portfolios, writing projects, reading quizzes, tests, journal entries, and other forms of assessment that the instructor deems appropriate.
The above purpose and outcomes conform to Coastal Carolina University's first four Core Curriculum Goals and Learning Outcomes (Abilities).
The Big Read
The Big Read program unites incoming CCU freshmen in an enjoyable shared learning experience prior to beginning their academic course work. The program’s purpose is to create a singular introductory learning forum among our students, across various disciplines, and to facilitate creative and critical thinking from the moment they step foot on campus.
All incoming first-year students are to read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline by Aug. 20, 2017, in preparation for Big Read discussion groups following the New Student Convocation.