First-year Foundations of Success

The Five Pillars of Outcomes for Foundations of Success Courses

For First-Year Freshman

The Foundations of Success courses (General Studies 101A in the first semester and GS 101B in the second semester) are the "hub" of the FYE and where students form connections, friendships, and support networks that endure through their academic journey.  From day one, the GS Foundations of Success courses build students' sense of community and camaraderie which serve as the bedrock for the First-Year Experience at CSUEB.  GS faculty are dedicated to and passionate about helping their students succeed at CSUEB. 

The GS Foundations of Success courses engage students with tools, resources, and knowledge that help support students in:

  • developing academic confidence and sense of belonging
  • applying effective communication
  • identifying their community of support
  • uncovering their college "why" (purpose) and "who" (identity)
  • navigating and using campus resources

GS Foundations of Success also help students understand major and GE requirements and plan for sophomore year and beyond.

Another major part of the FYE support network is Peer Academic Coaching.  Peer Academic Coaches (PACs) provide support to students as they navigate the college experience. PACs also work closely with GS faculty and attend GS sections to help facilitate student engagement and provide peer support to freshmen throughout the Foundations of Success year-long sequence.  There is typically one PAC assigned to each GS section.  


Meet the GS Foundations of Success Faculty


Bill Irwin