IFYC and the IDEALS Research Team are proud to release “Best Practices for Interfaith Learning and Development in the First Year of College.” Informed by the findings of the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), this report offers insight into the experiences and educational practices on campus that have a positive effect on students’ engagement with religious and worldview diversity.
The first year of college is a time of considerable change. As students begin a new chapter of life, they are met with a host of challenges and opportunities that necessitate adjustments academically, socially, and personally. With the optimal blend of engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences, first-year students stand to grow in ways that will prepare them well for continued success. Some of the key developmental tasks in the first year of college include reflecting critically on personal beliefs and values, making commitments to a religious or nonreligious worldview that is personally relevant, becoming adept at productively interacting with peers of different backgrounds and worldviews, and appreciating and understanding those peers who orient around religion differently.