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The African American Male Learning Community is a group of approximately 20 students who will take three classes together. By participating, students become better acquainted with their classmates and instructors and will be paired with mentors who will assist them in their transition to The University of Akron. In addition, students are able to form study groups and rely on each other for help and support. This is a structured experience specifically designed for African America males through year-long academic and social participation. Students focus on Rights of PASSAGE programs, leadership, responsibility, academic achievement, leadership and civic engagement.

Community Opportunities:

(1) Interact with influential African American Males from the university and Akron community

(2) Participate in the Student African American Brotherhood Association (SAAB)

(3) Participate in a civic engagement opportunities designed to cultivate young emerging leaders

 Who’s Eligible?

All majors are welcome.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

English (3 credits)

Study Tables

Get involved by joining the Allied Health Learning Community. Students will have unique opportunities to connect with faculty and learn with peers interested in the same major.

Community Opportunities:

  • Build relationships with faculty in the field
  • Learn about opportunities in the profession of Respiratory Therapy

Who’s Eligible?

Student pursing Respiratory Therapy major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Medical Terminology (3 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health (3 credits)

English (3 credits)

Ready to do great things? Let's get down to business. The Business Learning Community connects students to professional development opportunities, academic resources and the College of Business Administration from day one of college to prepare students not just for graduation, but for a career in business.

Community Opportunities:

(1) Explore Professional Development opportunities for business students

(2) Learn about academic majors & careers in Business and degree requirements

(3) Get connected with other Business students, including upper-level Class mentors

Who’s Eligible?

Student’s pursuing any Business major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

There are multiple Business Learning Community experiences available. Depending upon availability and also a student’s math placement, a math course may also be included in the learning community (Calculus with Business Applications, Algebra for Calculus, or Fundamentals of Math V with built in weekly study tables).

Business #1

CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis (3 credits)

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

Calculus with Business Applications (4 credits)

Business #2

CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis (3 credits)

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

Algebra for Calculus (4 credits)

Business #3

CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis (3 credits)

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

Fundamentals of Math V

Study Tables (1 hour / 2 times a week)

Business #4

CBA Success Seminar (1 credit)

Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis (3 credits)

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

The Collegiate Success Learning Community is for students who want an opportunity to participate in a retention based community. Each student is assigned a peer mentor and a professional staff coordinator. The community is focused on helping incoming students develop and grow in to scholars by helping them enhance their academic skills and facilitating engagement with the University Community.

Community Opportunities

  • Complete an Individual Service Plan with a Retention Coordinator
  • Meet with Peer Mentor weekly
  • Attend various social and cultural events
  • Scheduled academic progress checks to support students’ performance in the classroom

Who’s Eligible?

Students who are selected as participants in the Collegiate Success program.

Course Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

 

The Choose Ohio First- STEMM Learning Community is for students who want an opportunity to participate in a retention based community. Each student is assigned a peer mentor and a professional staff coordinator. The community is focused on helping incoming students develop and grow in to scholars by helping them enhance their academic skills and facilitating engagement with the University Community.

Community Opportunities

  • Complete an Individual Service Plan with a Retention Coordinator
  • Meet with Peer Mentor weekly
  • Attend various social and cultural events
  • Scheduled academic progress checks to support students’ performance in the classroom

Who’s Eligible?

Students who are selected as participants in the Choose Ohio First program.

Course Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

The Computer Information Systems Learning Community provides support to students entering into the CIS field. During the fall semester, students will be required to participate in open lab and tutoring.

Community Opportunities:

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursuing a major in either Networking, CISCO, or Programming and who have also successfully completed CISBR Test.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction of Logic/Programming (3 credits)

Introduction to Unix/Linux (3 credits)

The Converged Media Learning Community is for any student with any major interest who is wants to obtain media skills including storytelling, information gathering, journalism, television production, radio production etc., or for any student who is interested in being part of the student newspaper, radio station or television station. In the fall semester, students will take an adaptive Akron Experience course geared toward journalistic writing, take Introduction to Communication and participate in the student newspaper, the Buchtelite. In the spring semester, students will take Newswriting and select between participation in the television station or the radio station. Students will complete the learning community prepared to participate at a high level in any of the media outlets and will take away skills that will serve them across many careers.

Community Opportunities:

(1) Meet students both in the class and in the various media outlets who are interested in journalism and broadcasting

(2) Gain hands on experience in news reporting, broadcasting and content creation

(3) Have their writing and content published/broadcast

(4) Engage in creative activities within each of the media outlets

Who’s Eligible?

Any major is welcomed. Students must minimally have placement into English 111.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction to Communication (3 credits)

Buchtelite (practicum) (1 credit)

Courses Included (Spring Semester)

Newswriting Across the Media (3 credits)

ZTV or WZIP (practicum) (1 credit)

The Cybersecurity Learning Community provides support to students entering into the cyber and digital forensics field. During the fall semester, students will be required to participate in open lab times and tutoring. Students will also be able to interact with faculty in the field.

Community Opportunities:

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursing a major in either Cybersecurity or Digital Forensics.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction to Digital Forensics (3 credits)

This Dietetics/Food & Environmental Nutrition Learning Community helps students understand what career opportunities are in nutrition. Students will be connected with faculty and fellow peers interested in the field during this experience.

Community Opportunities:

  • Get connected to campus organizations
  • Participate in group learning experiences
  • Interact with faculty in the field

Who's Eligible?

Students pursing a major in either Dietetics or Food & Environmental Nutrition.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Career Decision in Nutrition (1 credit)

Introduction to Gen Org & Biochemistry Lecture (3 credits)

Introduction to Gen Org & Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)

English Composition I (3 credits)

Have an interest in teaching? The Education LC will provide students with field experience and a better understanding of the teaching profession. Students will have an opportunity to connect with other Education majors.  In the learning community, students will be provided with a background check to go into the schools at no cost to the students for their first year. This experience will provide students with field hours and course credits that will count towards a degree in Education. Students will be able to network with school professionals and gain invaluable experience towards a career in Education.

Community Opportunities:

  • Interact with faculty and leadership within the college
  • Network with school personnel
  • Opportunity to participate in afterschool program

 ho’s Eligible?

Students pursing any Education major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction to Education (3 credits)

The Emerging Leaders Program creates an opportunity for first-year students to become actively engaged in the campus community through leadership development, civic engagement and self-discovery. It is through academic achievement, mentoring and co-curricular involvement that students experience a holistic approach to college life and later as civic leaders in society.

Community Opportunities:

  • Make new friends in a unique Learning Community
  • Award-winning leadership training
  • Membership in America's No. 1 Program Board (RHPB)
  • Work with great entertainers
  • Arrive to school early
  • Be a part of the University from the start!

Who’s Eligible?

Students of any major can apply. Students are selected through an application process by the Department of Residence Life and Housing. As a part of the community experience, students are required to reside on campus in the designated residence hall spaces reserved for the Emerging Leaders Program. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here to visit housing’s website.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Courses Included (Spring Semester)

Leadership Principles & Instruction (2 credits)

The Engineering Learning Community provides aspiring engineering students of all disciplines the opportunity to get connected with faculty, staff, and fellow peers early on in their Akron Experience. The community is designed to provide wrap around support for those engineering students who have placed into Pre-Calculus. Students will participate in study tables built into their schedules to help provide support with their math course. 

Community Opportunities:

  • Faculty and staff connection with the college
  • Get to know more about the College of Engineering
  • Built in study table support for math

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursing any Engineering major and who have placed into Pre- Calculus.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Pre-Calculus Math (4 credits)

Study Tables (2 hours / 2 times a week)

Get to know your peers by joining the Exercise Science Learning Community. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your school and build a good academic foundation.

Community Opportunities:

  • Engage with faculty in the profession
  • Learn career opportunities for your major

 Who’s Eligible?

Students pursuing Exercise Science major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Introduction to Exercise Science (1 credit)

Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)

Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

English Composition I (3 credits)

EXPLORE your career and major options! In our EXPLORE Learning Communities you will have the opportunity to learn about yourself, your interests, skills, and values and how they impact your career. You will also connect with an Akron Major Explorers (AME) Peer Mentor to learn about campus resources and fun things to do at UA!

Community Opportunities:

  • Explore majors and career pathways
  • Learn about career readiness and college success
  • Connect with student peer mentors (Akron Major Explorers)
  • Timely transition into degree-granting college

Who’s Eligible?

Students exploring and deciding between 2 or more majors.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Exploratory students will be placed into one of two EXPLORE Learning Community experiences by their academic advisor.

EXPLORE #1

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

EXPLORE #2

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

 

The Fundamental Math Learning Community is designed to provide wrap around support services for students in Fundamental Math III/IV. In this community, students will be required to attend tutoring sessions and open labs. Study tables will be built into the student’s experience to assist in making it easier to practice with peers from class.

Community Opportunities:

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursing any major and who have placed into Fundamental Math III/IV.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Fundamental Mathematics III (1st 8 weeks)

Fundamental Mathematics IV (2nd 8 weeks)

Study Tables (1 hour / 2 times a week)

Connect with your peers in Nursing! Join this large community of pre nursing students in the Nursing Learning Community. In this community, students have the ability to form study groups, build relationships, and get involved.

Community Opportunities:

  • Interact with faculty and upperclassmen in nursing
  • Build a strong support system
  • Get connected with student organizations

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursing Nursing major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

There are multiple Nursing Learning Community experiences available. A student’s placement in one of the various Nursing experiences depends upon availability and also academic advisor recommended placement.

Nursing #1

Introduction to Nursing (1 credit)

Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)

Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry (3 credits)

Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)

Nursing #2

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction to Nursing (1 credit)

Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry (3 credits)

Introduction Gen Org & Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)

Nursing #3

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction to Nursing (1 credit)

Human Anatomy & Physiology  (3 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)

The PASSAGE Learning Community consists of two structured cohort (PASSAGE-I and PASSAGE-II) which are designed to promote the academic and social integration of minority students into The University of Akron.  The learning community allows students to develop a strong affiliation with the academic culture of the University, through collaborative and cooperative learning, while enhancing their technological skills. The PASSAGE Learning Community is designed for incoming first-year students of The University of Akron. After the first year, students typically complete 70 percent of their general education requirements. Students in any major, along with undecided students, are welcome to participate.

Community Opportunities:

  • Interact with faculty and leadership within the campus and greater Akron community
  • Connected with multicultural student organizations such as Student African American Brotherhood Association (SAAB), Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) UA Latinos on campus
  • Participate in a service learning projects in the greater Akron community
  • Participate in a Study Table program to promote academic success

Who’s Eligible?

All majors are welcome.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

PASSAGE I

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

English Composition I (3 credits)

Study Tables

PASSAGE II

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

English Composition I (3 credits)

Study Tables

The Pre-Computer Information Systems Learning Community provides support to students entering into the CIS field. During the fall semester, students will be required to participate in open lab and tutoring.

Community Opportunities:

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursuing a major in either Networking, CISCO, or Programming and who have not completed CISBR Test.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Adaptive Akron Experience: University 101 (2 credits)

Professional Communications and Presentations (3 credits)

Introduction to Computers and Application Software (3 credits)

The Pre-Med Learning Community is focused towards Biology, Biomedical Science, or Biochemistry students who are serious about preparing for medical school. The community involves linked courses in Biology and Chemistry that are required first semester courses, and a course that introduces students to healthcare principles and practices. Within the healthcare course provides exposure to physicians and health care professionals from a variety of areas as well as practical information about the traditional and partnership pathways to medical school.

Community Opportunities:

(1) Meet fellow pre-med students

(2) Form study groups

(3) Learn about different areas of medicine/healthcare from professionals in the field

(4) Learn about the medical school application process/partnership programs

Who’s Eligible?

Direct Admit Biology, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry majors, and other majors with at least pre-calculus placement

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Principles of Biology (4 credits)

Principles of Biology Lab

Principles of Chemistry (3 credits)

Principles of Chemistry Lab (1 credit)

Health-Care Delivery Systems (1 credit)

Precalculus or Analytic Geometry-Calculus 1 (4 credits) (depending upon student’s math placement)

Join the Social Work Learning Community to connect with faculty and learn about opportunities in your major. During your experience, you will work with peers and have the ability to build strong relationships with fellow students who share the same career aspirations.

Community Opportunities:

  • Learn how to build relationship in the community
  • Connect with faculty in the field
  • Learn different types of practice for social workers

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursing a Social Work major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Introduction to Social Work Practice (3 credits)

Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

English Composition I (3 credits)

The Speech Learning Community is a great way to stay motivated and connected to your peers and faculty. In this community, you will learn about different opportunities a career in speech can offer.

Community Opportunities:

  • Build relationships with peers who have similar career aspirations
  • Interact with faculty in the field
  • Learn valuable information about career opportunities

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursing any Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Introduction to Disorders of Communication (3 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab (1 credit)

English Composition I (3 credits)

Get to know your peers by joining the Sport Studies Learning Community. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your school and build a good academic foundation.

Community Opportunities:

  • Engage with faculty in the profession
  • Learn career opportunities for your major

Who’s Eligible?

Students pursing Sport Studies major.

Courses Included (Fall Semester)

Introduction to Sport Studies (3 credits)

Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)

English Composition I (3 credits)


81%
OF STUDENTS
who participate in a learning community remain after their first year, which is significantly higher than students who did not participate in a learning community. infographic02

"This experience really helped me understand the different subject areas. The most rewarding thing was I learned to take ownership of my learning. It is worth mentioning that I made friends through my first year learning community, which has been so helpful throughout my studies."
 
- Ernest Williams

For more information, please contact:
Brandon A. Mikulski, M.A. Ed.
Director, Learning Communities & Akron Experience
330-972-5492 or bam64@uakron.edu