Reports on Innovations and Best Practice

Building a Summer First-Year Experience Program from Start to Finish

  • Michael K. Herndon
  • Blake C. Nemelka


This conference paper examines how to implement a summer first-year experience program. We address practical, hands-on steps on how to initiate and sustain a credit-bearing summer session program for entering freshman and transfer students at the institutional level. The step-by-step process is not limited only to first-year student programming; it may be beneficial for launching other institutional initiatives. Also discussed are the benefits of internal and external institutional collaborative efforts and strategies for creating a summer first-year experience program that aligns with institutional culture.

How to Cite:

Herndon, M. & Nemelka, B., (2016) “Building a Summer First-Year Experience Program from Start to Finish”, Summer Academe: A Journal of Higher Education 10. doi:

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Published on
13 Dec 2016
Peer Reviewed