What are they, how do they work, and why join one?
Learning communities are two or more classes that are linked together in a semester; in a learning community, students must enroll in both classes. Learning communities (LCs) are unlike other college courses because professors teaching in a LC (for example, English 101, Freshman Composition; Communication 110, Public Speaking; and Reading 198, Reading Strategies Across the Curriculum) team up to coordinate and integrate assignments, exams, and other class activities for students. As a result, students become an important part of a "team" or community, joining together to learn from their professors and from one another. Recent research clearly indicates that LC students become more familiar and comfortable with both their teachers and each other, which helps them better connect and apply information and learning from one course to another. Studies also show that LC students tend to experience higher rates of transfer to four-year universities and increased overall success in college.
The following are the English Department's LCs for the Fall 2017 semester:
COMPOSING PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS
In this Learning Community, instructor and academic counselor collaborate to help students develop study techniques, stress and time management strategies, and test-taking skills in order to maximize their chances for academic success. Enrolling in English 061 and Counseling 101, students apply various support services to enhance their understanding of academic materials and to strengthen their writing ability while also exploring potential personal, cultural, and career opportunities.
"WHAT THE (BLEEP) DID I JUST READ?!"
ENGLISH 102 FOR NON-ENGLISH MAJORS
Designed to meet the needs of students who must fulfill a critical thinking requirement with English 102 but may not be English majors, habitual readers, or enjoy reading, this Learning Community connects English 102 with Reading 198. Students in this LC develop strategies to better understand their textbooks and other assigned readings and to more confidently and competently prepare for reading-based discussions and assignments.
NEED TO SCORE?
HOLISTIC PERFORMANCE FOR THE COLLEGE ATHLETE
Focused on the specific needs and interests of student athletes, this English 101, Communication 110, and Reading 198 Learning Community focuses on general writing, speaking, reading skills, arguments, presentations, and applications relevant to individuals' physical, emotional, and academic fitness and how that enhances personal and team/community relationships. Students do not have to be a college athlete in order to enroll in this Learning Community.
READING & WRITING FOR SUCCESS
This English N60 and Reading 198 Learning Community is designed to meet the needs and interests of developing readers and writers; it focuses on fundamental writing and reading skills necessary for success in all college courses. Students will develop strategies to better understand their textbooks and other assigned readings and to more confidently and competently perform the writing process.