First Year Experience

I. SUC BRIDGING PROGRAMME
Programme for new joinees for integration, induction and orientation. Programme will be initiated at the first week of enrolment (after all enrolment is cleared) and will run with foundation courses or freshmen courses according to the enrolment status of the student. These activities and meetings with key departments will span from orientation week till the third week of the semester.
Each department will have a scheduled day for their meeting and orientation; and will organize fun activities with the students.
A. TEAM/COMMITTEE
• SSD/EVENTS –orientation and activity coordination
• ADMIN –calendar of programme
• SUC representatives- Older students

B. WELCOME PACKAGE
Students will be welcomed by welcome team (DYASS, DSA, ADMIN, SSD & MARKETING) and ushered in for registration and given a welcome kit collection alongside other new joinees. After the general welcoming and orientation, new students will be given a special itinerary for the Bridging Programme.
C. INTRODUCTION TO SUC CULTURE
This will be a blend of orientation to the academic and social aspects of schooling in SUC. Older students will have a mix with new students in a social settings sharing experiences and information about the happening/events & activities that can be enjoyed in the University. Events department will plan the introduction party for freshmen and induct new students to the campus life officially.
D. SSD & EVENT INDUCTION/INTERACTION
Various social activities (sports, get-together & fresher’s bash) will be organized by the Events personnel as well as SUC students mix. These activities will induct new students into the student life and socials of the University. It will also be an avenue for various University clubs to pitch their activities and register new students. SSD will also help facilitate some of the activities and induction process.
E. KNOW YOUR FACULY & ADVISORS:
A day with faculty members and both DSOB & DSOIT, giving due orientation on the various courses they will take along their degree program and potential projects that will be engaged in (teasers on what to expect in each course).
Advisors meet with their advisees for brief introduction and exchange of contact.

F. A DAY WITH THE ADMIN TEAM:
The HOD gives a brief orientation of requirements for graduation, ministry requirements, discount policy, accelerated programme, TOC & other areas of concerns.
Sensitization on exam etiquettes and appeal of marks.

G. KNOW YOUR FINANCE:
Students will be meeting with the head of finance to discuss the various payment plans and instalment for both Local & International students. Finance will be briefing students on common issues students face and ways to avoid such.
There will be a short orientation of how to manage finance & list of charity organizations/ agents students can approach in case of financial shortfalls during their programme.

H. BE WELL, BE HEALTHY:
Head of Sports will have a day with the new intakes to do some basic exercises that can help students de-stress. Discussion will be based on healthy lifestyle and how to maintain a positive mind.
Orientation on gym etiquettes and the various sports club available for practice/competition. Students will also have their vitals taken and a mini match (football or basketball) will be held as an icebreaker.

I. TIMEOUT AT THE LIBRARY & TOASTMASTER ORIENTATION:
Students will be engaged in the library and oriented on library resource and library etiquette. Fun activities based on ways to fully utilize the library and build a reading culture will be explored.
Students will also be introduced to Toastmasters’ club and given an orientation on its usefulness; alongside taking registrations for those interested in joining.

J. MEET THE CORPORATES & PSDP ORIENTATION:
The corporate affairs team will introduce their various services and give orientation on the process of internship/ job application.
Students will be given an orientation on how their professional skills will be groomed all-through their degree programme, through workshops and corporate visits.
Brief career counseling will be carried out to give students an overview of what their chosen degrees can afford them in the world of work.

II. SUC STUDENT TUTORIALS
This programme is tailored to assist SUC students at all levels and Degrees on SAP status and Repeating Courses Status. The programme will be run by a committee of Faculty, Admin & SSD. The modality of the package entails fellow students tutoring other students in core courses that are challenging. The main duty of the Student Tutor is to disseminate course content in a more flexible and understandable form to student; considering learning from a student’s view point.
A. TEAM/COMMITTEE
• SSD – feedback, monitoring/supervising attendance of both tutors & tutored
• ADMIN –calendar of programme, faculty allocation, tutors rostering & course structure
• FACULTY- handling courses/mentoring student tutor
• STUDENT TUTOR- academically sound students from all levels & degrees

B. APPOINTMENT OF TUTORS & CONTRACT
Student tutors are to be chosen from academically sound students with acceptable CGPA.
Registration of such students will be done after their names have been forwarded by their Class Representatives.
Such registration will undergo further investigation and verification by the SUC Care Committee. Student tutors will be appointed after all assessment and interview has been done by committee members. HR will draw up contracts that entail what is expected of tutors as regards- attendance, input, tutorial hours and the compensation package. The contract signifies the student tutors’ commitment to the package and the responsibility to given sound/quality support to students allocated to him.
C. ORIENTATION OF TUTORS BY MENTORS & SSD
Student tutors will undergo an orientation to understand their responsibility and task at tutoring other students to a better understanding and increased academic performance. Academic advisors will serve as mentors to tutors guiding/supervising their delivery and coaching tutors on how best to cover the course content.
D. SCHEDULING OF CLASSES & ALLOCATION OF TUTORS
The scheduling of classes and allocation of courses to tutors will be done by Faculty & Admin. This will be done for a balance in work load; and allocation according to academic strength and understanding of student tutors. Courses to be taking will also accommodate popular demanded courses. The rostering of tutors will be done by the Admin as well as attendance collation of both tutor and tutored.
E. CONTROL & TRACKING PERFORMANCE OF BOTH TUTOR & TUTORED
The control and tracking of both student tutors and the tutored will be done by both SSD and Admin. SSD will ensure all tutors are efficiently performing up to standard and will receive regular feedbacks from both tutors and tutored on the impact of the package and the progress made.
F. FEEDBACK
Various feedback will be employed in the package-
• Student tutor- on the response of student, class participation and contribution.
• Student tutored- on teaching effectiveness of tutors, effectiveness of the package.
• Academic advisor- assessment of tutor’s performance and the level of understanding of the tutored.
• SSD- on the overall performance of the package.
G. FOLLOW UP SESSIONS
This will entail the various meetings to be held to keep track of and monitor the whole SUC Care Packages (Bridging programme & Student tutorial). The various committees are to meet at stipulated times; bi-weekly or monthly as the case may be. All committee members will give feedback and take decisions together on the progress of the package.

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