The University of New Brunswick employs more than 3,000 people across the province and many of them work directly with first-year students. UNB has committed to providing its students with an exceptional and transformative student experience, as outlined in the strategic plan.

This year a group of UNB Fredericton faculty and staff, who work directly with first-year students, will be given an opportunity to collaborate and learn about how the university can make the experience of our students even better.

On Feb. 13 and 14, UNB will host the First-Year Experience Strategic Retreat. The two-day event will be lead by Dr. John Gardner, educator, scholar, and president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. 

During these two days participants will identify what the university is currently doing for and with our first-year students, gain a better understanding of what our students’ first-year experience could be, and draft a number of specific action steps which will help us move forward. This retreat will be highly interactive and will draw on the experience and expertise of all participants.

The Retreat will be held at the Fredericton Crowne Plaza and is supported through a grant received from the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour to examine the experience of our first year students with the goal of creating an excellent foundational experience that will encourage success and boost retention.

For more information, contact Sara Rothman.

For media interview requests, contact Natasha Ashfield.

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