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We are delighted that your student has decided to join us to begin the next phase of their life as a college student at Arkansas State University. We understand that parents want the best for their student and have questions and concerns as well. Therefore, this page is dedicated specifically to our parents for quick access to links and information. Undoubtedly, the first semester is an exciting time filled with new experiences inside and outside the college classroom. This is also a transition period for new students that may involve a few bumps along the way. A-State has a number of support services from the Student Learning Commons on the first floor of our library to academic advisors who will help students navigate their new surroundings. I encourage you to join our first year parent association and receive weekly information about the happenings of the first year.
Welcome to the Red Wolf family!
Dr. Lynita Cooksey
Students generally take a full-load which is 15 hours each semester. However, the number of credits/hours may vary depending on students’ academic background and major. The first semester is largely comprised of General Education courses and introductory courses within one’s major. In addition to these selections, all incoming first year students take a First Year Experience course (FYE) in their first semester of enrollment. This course is often referred to as “Making Connections” or other titles depending upon students’ choice of major.
Making Connections is a three-credit, discipline-specific course that introduces students to higher-level learning strategies as well as campus expectations, policies, resources and culture. The course also acquaints students with their college major. Students who have not chosen a major are placed in sections specifically focused on major and career selection.
There are several co-curricular activities that are part of the First Year Experience program such as a Fall Festival and Academic Expo. Regardless of the number of AP or college-credits earned while in high school or the summer directly following high school, students are considered first-year students and must enroll in a Making Connections course.
Most Making Connections courses are linked to another course through common enrollment. This means all students in a specific section of Making Connections will also be enrolled in an additional course with the same students. This allows incoming students to have at least two courses with the same peer group within their major, which provides a foundation for quick peer bonding. We know that students who feel connected to their academic setting early on are more likely to persist and graduate.
A common reader is a selected novel that all incoming students participate in the reading. The purpose of a common reader is to promote a shared intellectual experience to engage students socially and academically in and outside the classroom in their first semester. This year’s reader is The Secret World of Red Wolves by T. DeLene Beeland.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal privacy law that governs access regarding one’s educational records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules. Parents’ rights transfer to the student when the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a postsecondary school at any age. Therefore, it is important for the parent and student to discuss how they wish to manage information access.
A-State has two ways in which students can authorize access to their records. One way is through the online Proxy Access, which gives online access to electronic files such as transcripts. The second is through the completion of a consent form, which gives a designated party the right to discuss students’ information in person. Please see the links provided for more information on access.
Parents/guardians have the opportunity to sign up for the First-Year Parent Association. Membership in the association includes access to the weekly electronic communications and monthly newsletters featuring timely articles, important dates, photo gallery of first year students and other information relevant to the parents of first-year ASU students.
This is a great opportunity for parents to stay involved, and at the same time, let your son or daughter have the opportunity to take charge of his or her education. The fee of $20.00 goes directly to programming and special activities for first-year students. Membership dues are collected during New Student Registration via the Treasurer's Office, located on the second floor of the Student Union, or may be mailed to Treasurer's Office, P.O. Box 1680 / State University, AR 72467 or call 870-972-2285. For more information, contact the FYE coordinator, Paige Walker, at 870-972-3574.
A-State realizes to be competitive in today’s marketplace, students must be able to utilize smart technology. Students are required to have an iPad for the First Year Experience program where they will be taught how to utilize the device for life-long learning. This FYE book and study apps are provided at no cost. Students are encouraged to purchase digital textbooks and utilize study apps while in college so that all learning is curated in one location for on-the-go, anytime-anywhere learning.
First year students can visit with their Making Connections instructor or academic advisor if they are in need of assistance or guidance. The A-State Counseling Center is also available for students who are feeling overwhelmed and are in need of additional support.