Sophomore Year Experience Working Group


Brian Smentkowski:  chair

Arianna Bonner:  note taker

Cameron Muir:

Matt Zalman:

Beth Carroll:

Michael Krenn:

Brian Smentkowski:

Crystal Hendricks:

Arianna Bonner:

Final Report:

Sophomore Year Experience Final Report


  1. Identify current culture related to the sophomore year experience. Specifically, conduct a campus audit of what programs, curricula, policies, etc. are offered by whom to sophomore students.
  2. Collect local data regarding the sophomore year experience at Appalachian.
  3. Identify best-practice strategies (i.e., benchmark against peer and UNC institutions).
  4. Consider the recommendations of the “Creating a Culture of Persistence/High Expectations” Committee’s (2012-2013) and the SYE report completed by University College.
  5. Discuss ideas with those on campus who have an opportunity to implement recommendations.
  6. Develop implementation recommendations based upon local data and best practices.

For more information about this subcommittee, or to provide suggestions, contact Chair, Brian Smentkowski