LaGuardia Community College Holds Symposium on The First Year Experience on February 10

Long Island City, NY—LaGuardia Community College will host a symposium on February 10 where educators from the City University of New York and other area colleges will explore ways to improve the first year experience of their freshmen, a program the higher education establishment agrees is crucial to students’ academic success.   

Sponsoring the “Making Connections Symposium on the First Year Experience” is the Center for Teaching and Learning and LaGuardia’s Making Connections National Resource Center.  Virginia Tech and the other participants are partners with LaGuardia in the Making Connections programs, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.   

The event will be held in LaGuardia’s Little Theater at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, please visit

A team from Virginia Tech will give a keynote presentation on its award-winning First Year Experience program, “Pathways to Success,” which is designed to provide first-year students with the tools needed for exploration and discovery of the academic opportunities necessary to become fully engaged learners.  One of the major topics covered is how the ePortfolio, an electronic collection of students’ academic work that is vital in aiding student assessment and learning outcomes, is incorporated into the program.   

“One of LaGuardia’s key initiatives is to improve our graduation rate and having a strong first year program is crucial to that,” said Dr. Bret Eynon, an Assistant Dean and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.  “The first year is a key site for integrating advisement and instruction, launching ePortfolio as a learning and advisement process; and helping students to chart plans.” 

In addition, representatives from Bronx Community College, Queensborough Community College, Lehman College and Queens College will examine their programs during breakout sessions. 

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