There is a significant body of research supporting learning communities for boosting students' learning and academic achievement. Learning community is an innovative, "inquiry-based" educational strategy which has been adopted at many colleges and universities in the nation.
All incoming freshmen with an intended STEM major will be required to enroll in SLC, which would be year-long. Students will be enrolled in one of two clusters (see learning communities brochure) based on their disciplines: math/computer science and chemical / biological sciences.
Applications in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
This Learning Community is designed for Biology and Chemistry majors in an effort to increase scientific reasoning, comprehension, and basic quantitative reasoning skills necessary for student retention, motivation, and success. A feature of this community will be an education ethics and civic engagement course, EDUC-211.
Applications in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) MATH/Computer Science Cluster:
This Learning Community is designed for Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics majors in an effort to increase math, comprehension, quantitative and analytical skills necessary for student retention, motivation, and success. A feature of this community will be hands-on applications and inquiry-based learning.
What are the STEM Learning Communities
• You take courses in small groups with other STEM students, so it's easier to make friends and form studygroups.
• Our professors work together to connect their lessons and assignments to help you understand the material on a deeper level.
• Our Academic Counselor helps you with career, academic,and personal matters.
• Our Study Hall sessions provide extrahelp with your class work and study skills.
• We offer great activities for you to join!