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As part of your fall course schedule, each first-year student has the oppourtunity to be enrolled in a Shorter University Learning Community (LC). At Shorter, your LC is where belonging begins academically, so it serves as the foundational first-year experience for many* of Shorter’s first-year students. LCs build connections between you and your classmates, you and your professors and you and Shorter University. Research indicates that students who take part in a learning community will experience an easier transition to college, gain more satisfaction with their educational experience and be more likely to stay on track to graduate.
*Those exempt from Shorter’s Learning Community experience are students age 22 or older and/or possessing 24+ hours of transferable credit. Otherwise, first-year students are eligible to join a learning community at Shorter.
LCs at Shorter are presented over two semesters – one session in the fall and another in the spring. Each session includes at least two classes that will be completed within the semester, which you take with the same group of 20-25 classmates. This structure, along with support from your peer mentor, is designed to ease your transition to college course work.
Through the online Hawk Orientation registration form, incoming freshmen have the opportunity to indicate your preference of LC placement. It is important that STUDENTS complete the Learning Community selection process on the online form, NOT PARENTS. Because the LC experience impacts a large component of the first year at Shorter, we recommend students to base selection decisions on your own interests and preferences. While Shorter will make every attempt to accommodate the preferences you marked on the online form, there are a number of variables to be considered in placing you in a Shorter Learning Community. Final selection will be assigned based on your preferences, appropriate course placement, individual circumstances and indicated major of study. To register for Hawk Orientation, visit https://secure1.vzorientation.com/shorter/ .
Shorter offers three different types of Learning Community structures: themes, majors and cohorts.
In addition to the learning in the classroom and fun events as a group, a third essential component to Shorter’s Learning Community experience is the community service opportunities that each LC completes. Check out the list on the LC COMMUNITY SERVICE page to see what previous Learning Communities have completed through their community service projects.
In addition to learning in the classroom and fun events as a group, a third essential component to Shorter’s Learning Community experience is the community service opportunities that each LC completes. Some recent service projects have included:
These events are not only a great way to support our local community, but a wonderful chance for fellowship and fun with your classmates.
PREVIOUS LEARNING COMMUNITIES
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