The First Two Years
Redesigning the early college experience
Unity College is always striving to create a more effective, affordable, career-relevant educational experience. We’ve done extensive research to determine how higher education needs to change and improve in order to better serve our students.
Based on that deep dive into the needs of society and our students, Unity College has launched an ambitious new project to redesign the early college experience to:
- Honor learning wherever it happens, whether that is in a classroom, in the field solving real-world sustainability problems, or on the job.
- Create immersive, intensive experiences with a flexible calendar that lets students who work hard complete a bachelor’s degree in less than 4 years.
- Allow students to earn stackable credentials that represent relevant professional skills to employers.
There is much work to do! Follow the progress of the First Two Years project here to see how Unity College is taking a leadership role in creating a new college for the environmental century.
First Two Years
F2Y Update: January 18, 2019
Dear Colleagues: This was an energizing week for the F2Y Implementation Team! What is the Team Up To? We are pleased to be settled into the F2Y project office on the first floor of Constable Hall which we have stocked with an impressive array of snacks and tea. Many of..Read more
F2Y Update for Week of January 7
Dear Unity Community, The FIT group has been hard at work over the past week! Below I’ve shared a summary of activities from DCI Cartier. FIT provided feedback to the “onboarding” design team (led by Ray) that is developing programming to support students when the first arrive on campus.This..Read more
F2Y update: year end edition
Dear Unity Community, I wanted to share an update from the F2Y Implementation team as our final update for 2018. On behalf of CAO Latty, President Khoury and I also wanted to commend DCI Cartier, CADO Hutchinson, DOS Phinney, and the rest of the F2Y team for all of their..Read more
F2Y Update December 14, 2018
Dear Unity Community, The end of the semester is upon us! The F2Y Implementation Team (FIT) continues to make remarkable progress in several areas. This week, the FIT continued its focus on the development of the scope and sequence for curriculum, the design of the living learning communities, approaches to..Read more
F2Y Update : December 7
Dear Colleagues, I wanted to provide a brief update on the work of the F2Y Implementation Team (FIT) during the past week. Current work: This week, FIT worked on developing a detailed deliverables chart with timelines for each of the major initiatives within F2Y including the Curricular Scope and Sequence,..Read more
F2Y Update : November 30, 2018
Dear Unity Colleagues, The F2Y implementation team has been busy working on key elements of the project. Below, I am sharing some of that work, as well as the plan for the coming weeks. The group began its work by establishing ground rules and expectations. One of the primary expectations..Read more
F2Y Update : November 9, 2018
From: Dr. Brian Doore To: The Unity College Community Dear Unity Community, This week a new F2Y planning and implementation committee comprised of a broad representation of staff and faculty was approved in Senior Staff and the group held its inaugural meeting on Thursday of this week. During that first..Read more
F2Y Update : October 26, 2018
From: Dr. Brian Doore To: The Unity College Community Dear Unity Community, We would like to share an update on the progress of the F2Y work since last week’s significant announcements about the organization and focus for the next stages of the work. DCI Cartier has been very busy on..Read more
F2Y Update – October 19,2018
From: Dr. Brian Doore To: The Unity College Community Dear Unity Community, Today, a group of faculty met with our external consultant Ron Mahurin to discuss the types of community partners that would be appropriate for the F2Y project. Dr. Mahurin will use the input from faculty to shape his..Read more
F2Y Update : September 21, 2018
From: Dr. Erika Latty To: The Unity College Community Dear Unity Community, As the Phase I Project Team completes their work, we are identifying the key components for Phase II and assigning tasks to standing committees and working groups. Thanks for the thought-provoking questions you are sending our way as..Read more
F2Y Update : September 5,2018
From: Dr. Brian Doore To: The Unity College Community Dear Unity Community, It has been an intense couple of weeks with the opening of school! Thanks to all who have helped to make welcoming for our incoming and returning students. It has also been a reminder of how critical..Read more
F2Y Update : August 17, 2018
From: Dr. Brian Doore To: The Unity College Community Dear Colleagues, This June, I embarked on a new phase of my career in accepting the position of Chief Student Success Officer at Unity College. Over the past three months, I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing team..Read more
F2Y Update : August 15,2018
From: Dr. Erika Latty To: The Unity College Community Dear Unity Community, Work continues on ongoing initiatives to articulate first and second year learning outcomes, inventory current partners, and identify supports from student success. We are framing and summarizing our work to date for sharing at the upcoming professional development..Read more