Comprehensive First Year Advising Program

First-Year Advising at Pace

Faculty advising is the cornerstone of the Comprehensive First Year Advising Program. The program was developed to ensure that Pace freshmen will be supported throughout their first year and have the opportunity to develop strong and meaningful relationships with Pace faculty outside of the classroom. Advisers will advise students on course selection, be available outside of class to talk with students about their specific issues or concerns, meet with students identified through the early alert process, counsel students who are on probation during their spring semester, and assist students with making the transition to major-based advising at the end of their first year.  As advisers guide students through their first year of college, they will have the opportunity to help them learn problem-solving skills, exercise independent judgment, and assume responsibility for their own academic success.


Advisers will teach the section of UNV 101 in which their advisees are enrolled Because UNV 101 makes explicit many of the parts of the educational experience that students would otherwise be left to figure out on their own, it is a major resource for first year advisers.  The topics covered in the course – liberal learning, self reflection, self-assessment, academic habits, registration, and educational planning – are those that advisers will have occasion to address, in some fashion, in sessions with individual students. The course allows advisers to introduce these topics to all advisees at once and use instructional pedagogies and the structured environment of the classroom to invite students to think about and discuss issues related to their success in college.  Advisers should use exercises, class discussion, and home work as part of their approach to advising.  Sessions with individual students should extend the conversation begun in class and give students the opportunity to make personal connections to what they discuss in class.  This allows faculty to incorporate instructional methods into their approach to advising. Developing relationships with advisees through classroom discussion and conversation will also help students to get to know you more quickly.  Developing a shared language with your students about expectations and their responsibilities in meeting them will help them communicate with you more confidently outside of class.