Frequently Asked Questions about Learning Communities

  • What is a Learning Community?
  • A Learning Community is a group of 18-24 students who take two classes and a freshman seminar class together while building strong relationships with each other and their faculty members.  Additionally, each Learning Community has a student facilitator who helps you and your classmates succeed academically. 

     

  • What are the advantages of enrolling in a Learning Community?
    • Learning Community classes are more learning-friendly:  Instead of having four or five classes with different people in each class, you will have at least three classes with the same classmates.
    • We have selected great courses and professors for inclusion in our Learning Communities.  You simply need to select the combinations that are most interesting to you or most appropriate for your intended major. 
    • A peer facilitator will be assigned to your learning community.  This mentor is a great resource when it comes to answering your questions about college life and offering advice on how to succeed academically at Newman University. 
    • You can pre-registration for the courses you select for your learning community.  When you come for registration, you and your advisor will only need to select two or three more courses.
    • You will do better academically.  National data indicates that students participating in a Learning Community have a higher GPA and are more likely to stay enrolled in college. 

     

  • How do I choose a Learning Community that is good for me?
  • Depending on your background and your intended major, some choices may be better than others

    • The Lab Rat Pack 1 and 2 (chemistry/biology labs/T&T) are recommended for those majoring in biology, chemistry or biochemistry as well as those pursuing a career as a pharmacist, dentist, physician, or veterinarian.
    • If you are pre-nursing, Food for Thought (Nutrition/CW1/T&T) has been specially designed for you.  This learning community is also a good fit for allied health majors. 
    • Fervor, Fury and Feeling (Oral Communication/Children's Literature/T&T) is recommended for elementary education majors.  
    •  If you are interested in exploring business or communication courses, you should consider Philosophers, Blackberrys and PowerPoint. (Oral Communication/Foundations of Business Thought/T&T)

     

  • I took College Writing I as an advanced placement course in high school.  Will this affect my learning community selection? 
  • Yes!  If you are interested in a learning community that includes college writing, oral communication, psychology or sociology, you need to confirm that you have not taken these courses as advanced placement in high school or for college credit at another institution. 

     

  • How do I make my Learning Community selection? 
  • You should have received a letter in the mail from the Admissions Office that asked you to select which Learning Community you would like to join.  If you did not receive this letter, please contact your admissions counselor at 316-942-4291 ext. 2101.  Enrollment is assigned on the basis of first come/first served, so make your selection early to insure that you receive placement in your first choice.