Entering Student Program

Learning Communities

Let’s face it; college takes getting used to:

  • The campus is huge.
  • The faces are new.
  • The pace is fast.
  • The courses are demanding.
  • The workloads are intense.

Learning communities help you:

  • Build friendships with other students.
  • Work closely with faculty.
  • Learn how to connect ideas across different courses.
  • Build a convenient class schedule.
  • Improve your grades.

What is a Learning Community?

  • 20-28 students enroll together in two or three linked courses.
  • They attend their linked courses together; for example, they might attend the same sections of UNIV and history.
  • Some assignments may also be integrated– students might be asked to write a journal entry in their UNIV class about a chapter assigned in history.

How do students benefit from Learning Communities?

  • Build friendships and form study groups quickly while learning together.
  • Build a convenient class schedule.
  • Make connections between content in different courses.
  • Work closely with faculty.
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Increase opportunity for academic success.

How do I register for a Learning Community?

  • Find the Learning Community that’s right for you.
  • Enter all of the CRNs (the five-digit Course Reference Number) listed under the Learning Community into Goldmine/TTR before selecting “Save.” This can be complicated - HOW TO AVOID PROBLEMS.

Each fall we offer a variety of Learning Communities Options which may include

Learning Communities Options

Learning Communities available to all students:

  • Communication
  • English
  • History
  • Honors
  • Reading Support
  • Sociology
  • SSSP
  • UNIV 1301

    Learning Communities available to students in specific majors:

  • Health Related Professions
  • Pre-Education
  • Pre-Engineering (PREE)
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Science (PRES)

Please check with your advisor to see what is offered this semester.

Student Learning Community Learning Objectives

  1. Students will form academic and social communities with their peers by
    1. participating in curricular small group activities within the classroom
    2. attending/participating in one or more co-curricular activities (social, cultural, or intellectual events) at UTEP, preferably in small groups consisting of other class members
    3. participating in collaborative and cooperative learning experiences
  2. Students will make interdisciplinary connections by
    1. being involved in a minimum of one interdisciplinary assignment/project
    2. applying ideas, strategies, skills learned in one learning community course to another learning community course
    3. reflecting on how integration of ideas leads to new insights
  3. Students will strengthen their academic performance by
    1. practicing oral, written, and electronic communication
    2. engaging in critical thinking and problem-solving activities
    3. developing academic skills (e.g., conducting electronic and library research, seeking needed assistance) to become an independent learner
    4. applying academic success strategies
  4. Students will interact with instructors frequently by
    1. meeting outside of class with instructors on an individual basis
    2. attending group meetings such as review or discussion sessions
    3. interacting with instructors as necessary in person, by e-mail or through other electronic communications