SA issues survey assessing need for first-year experience course

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SA President Ashley Le included a first-year experience course in her platform for the SA's top post last spring. Freshmen received a survey Monday gauging the need for the proposed mandatory class.

The Student Association sent a survey to freshmen Monday gauging the need for a mandatory first-year course covering the ins and outs of campus life.

The survey asks freshmen to anonymously answer about a dozen questions, including whether they have ever considered transferring out of GW and whether the University provided adequate resources to help them transition to college.

The questionnaire differs slightly for students in the business, international affairs and engineering schools who already take a mandatory first-year course. Students in those schools are asked to evaluate whether the class has provided them with “more support and direction to navigate life as a college student,” while freshmen in other schools are asked whether they would utilize a first-year class if it were offered.

The proposed first-year experience course, a one- or two-credit class that could cover topics like navigating the District, budgeting and finding resources for student organizations, was a staple of SA President Ashley Le’s campaign last spring. She has since made the course one of her top priorities during her tenure.

Le said the survey will remain open until the end of winter break. SA leaders will release a report with the survey’s findings next semester and will use the data to decide whether the University should implement a mandatory first-year course, she said.

“The only way we can understand what student life and academic life is like for the first-year student is to hear directly from them, so the biggest goal for this survey is to do just that,” Le said in an interview last week.

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