First Year Seminar at Quincy College

R.I.S.E. at Quincy College

QC First Year Seminar makes students successful self-advocates of their education and career goals.

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Reflect. Identify. Skill Build. Engage.

Nationally, students who enroll in a First Year Seminar course produce a higher GPA, have higher retention rates at that school, and higher graduation rates. Whether you’re returning to college or starting your degree for the first time, First Year Seminar at Quincy College is designed to help make the transition to the learning community of Quincy College a successful one. This collaborative, student-centered course focuses on the acronym R.I.S.E.

First Year Seminar helps new students make a successful transition to the learning community of Quincy College. This collaborative, student-centered course focuses on the acronym R.I.S.E.: Reflection, Identification, Skill building, Engagement. First Year Seminar students will leave this course as prepared, well informed, drivers of their education at Quincy College and beyond. First Year Seminar provides students with both the skill set and connections to the community that they need to be successful self-advocates of their education and career goals. The course is mandatory for all new students who are seeking an associate’s degree and who have fewer than 12 college credits

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What are students saying about First Year Seminar?

Spring 2018 FYS Students

“I believe this is the most beneficial course and that all students should be required to take it. Not only did it give me many great tools I can apply in school but in everyday life to benefit me and make a brighter future for myself.”

“Honestly, my most favorite part of the class was the professor. She made our experience that much better. I really enjoyed the environment created in the classroom from day one. It was an environment of complicity, acceptance and support. I also enjoyed the assignments and conversations that made me look inwards, and all the resources provided to help us make more informed decisions, to become better individuals and better students.”

“The class was a safe place to speak and let your voice be heard.”

“I enjoyed the exploration of the college’s resources. It’s one thing to be given a map but to actually visit the library, tutor center, etc. was very beneficial.”

“Time management was the best thing I took because it helped me a lot organizing my time.”

“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to retrain my learning muscles as I have been out of school for five years. It was nice to re-learn and learn the right way to take notes and be engaged during class time.”

“I wish I could take this course twice honestly.”


About R.I.S.E.

Reflect. Identify. Skill Build. Engage.

R.I.S.E. represents four skill sets that students will develop during their First Year Seminar course. Building off of these experiences and the First Year Seminar course, Quincy College will be implementing programs that are targeted at new students to help them transition to Quincy College, become a part of the vibrant community, and make the most of their time here. These programs are a way for students to connect with other students, faculty, and staff, and we encourage you to take advantage of these programs as they will relate to the topics covered in First Year Seminar and will help enhance the community and support provided in the First Year Seminar.

Support for First Year Students

Quincy College recognizes the need for student support both during and after the first year. In order to provide new students with effective support as they navigate the college environment, the First Year Seminar encourages students to utilize the following community members during their first year:

First Year Seminar Instructor

First Year Seminar instructors are current Quincy College employees or individuals who have worked for the College in the past. Most FYS instructors are current faculty or staff members who are passionate about serving our students both in and outside of the classroom. All First Year Seminar instructors meet as a group, receive training and feedback, and share best practices throughout the semester.

Academic Advisor

Both our Quincy and Plymouth campuses have Academic Advisors who assist students in in taking ownership of their educational opportunities, becoming a member of the Quincy College academic community, and realizing their academic and professional potential. All students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor as they select courses, decide their program of study, and explore both academic and career options.


Whether a student has chosen their program of study, or is still exploring program options, all students should communicate and meet regularly with their course instructors. Quincy College’s talented faculty are experts in their field and can assist students as they navigate their classes and develop their educational plan.


We realize all students have busy lives and that you may only have enough time to be on campus for your classes. However, most classes, including First Year Seminar, will expect students to work together in groups both in and outside of the classroom. We encourage you to get to know the other students in your classes. Whether you’re working on an assignment together or pursuing the same program of study, your peers can be some of your best supporters as you navigate Quincy College together!

Student Leaders

First Year Seminar will be in touch with students regarding additional mentor and/or peer leadership opportunities this year. If there is a type of peer support position that you would like to see, let us know by contacting the Director of First Year Seminar & Retention Strategies, Meghan Cassidy at mcassidy@quincycollege.edu.

Student Services

Check out the following support services that are available and ready to assist you with your transition to Quincy College:

Quincy College Core Curriculum

What is a core curriculum? Most institutions of higher education have a core curriculum, which is comprised of foundational classes that all new students must take in order to earn a degree from their institution. The core curriculum is deemed to be the foundational courses that all students must build upon as they work towards their degree.

The mission of the core curriculum at Quincy College is to provide students with a foundation of cognitive, communicative, and technical skills within an ethical framework essential for succeeding in both professional and educational endeavors in an increasingly diverse society. First Year Seminar is part of the College’s core curriculum. All new students entering Quincy College with less than 12.00 credits and seeking an associates degree must enroll in IDS 167: First Year Seminar during their first semester at the College. Failure to complete this course in the first semester could delay a student’s anticipated graduation date and ability to take other courses required for their program of study.

First Year Seminar Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Locate and access all services and resources available at Quincy College.
  2. Define and employ the basic language and concepts of higher education.
  3. Discern key points and take notes on important information from lectures and texts.
  4. Apply information literacy skills to college research.
  5. Evaluate and challenge information and evidence from various sources.
  6. Study effectively for quizzes and exams.
  7. Prepare for active, informed engagement in class discussions.
  8. Demonstrate and model effective social and interpersonal communication skills.
  9. Understand and work effectively in a dynamic, culturally diverse environment.
  10. Identify the major academic fields and career options available to various majors.
  11. Develop an academic plan and, working with an advisor, select courses to achieve academic and career goals.
  12. Apply practical skills to achieve career and personal goals, including setting goals, managing time and stress, and achieving life balance.
  13. Identify and model ethical and moral behavior in academic and career work.

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