student success F ir st -Yea r/ In te rd is ci pl in ar y Se m in ar s L ea d to L on g- L as tin g Su cc es s E very year, new Middlesex students are encouraged to discover that “success starts from day one.” And MCC’s innovative First-Year Experience/ Interdisciplinary Studies Program is designed to help transform “day one” into a lifetime of success. “While many institutions offer first-year classes, we wanted to find a way to offer more courses to a diverse group of new students who have varied interests and specific needs,” explained Phil Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs. “While many institutions offer first-year classes, we wanted to find a way to offer more courses to a diverse group of new students who have varied interests and specific needs.” – Phil Sisson Provost and Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs our faculty and administration developed a variety of topical, interdisciplinary FYE/IDS seminars that can be paired with a standard intro course – or can stand alone,” said Sisson. At the core of the program is the “First-Year Experience – Freshman Seminar” (IDS 101), a one-credit, interdisciplinary studies course that is linked with a three-credit, introductory college-level course to form an FYE Learning Community, explained Sisson. Taken together, these two courses promote essential collegesuccess skills for new students. The behaviors and habits students learn in the one-credit “Freshman Seminar” can then be applied to increase their success in the linked three-credit course – as well as all other courses. FYE students at the American Textile History Museum. Most FYE/IDS seminars are onecredit courses that meet once a week, according to Jo Mucci, Director of First-Year Experience and Student Success. They focus on topics as varied as leadership, personal finance, career exploration and entrepreneurship. Designed to be academically enriching and socially engaging, all FYE/IDS seminars foster a strong sense of community, FYE students and faculty discuss time management. Most academic-degree programs require new students to enroll in a bundle of three, one-credit First-Year Experience/Interdisciplinary Studies (FYE/IDS) seminars, said Sisson. And there are almost 20 to choose from. “Instead of offering a traditional three-credit ‘Intro to College’ course, 14 | Profiles