Learning Communities

At Eastern New Mexico University we believe a successful transition to college life is crucial to a productive and enjoyable learning experience. Freshman Seminar (UNIV 101) and the Eastern Learning Community program help students find their place in both academics and social settings. Instructors and students working together in a collaborative learning environment allows the student the opportunity to make connections, form friendships, and accomplish their educational goals. The integration of courses and increased opportunities for interaction outside the classroom are what makes learning communities such a valuable learning experience.

 

What is Freshman Seminar?

Freshman Seminar is a three hour course designed for students entering the University with fewer than 30 credit hours. It focuses on enhancing academic skills and making connections to the campus. The course is a degree requirement at ENMU. Issues discussed in UNIV 101 include:

  • learning skills, including time management, note-taking, active reading, test-taking, oral presentations, library skills and computer use
  • knowledge of campus resources
  • exploration of majors and courses
  • diversity issues, culture and ethics
  • transition and wellness issues
  • University history, traditions and purposes
  • exposure to fine arts events

 

What is a Learning Community?

A learning community is a group of 20–25 students who enroll in two or more courses together to explore a common interest or theme. Freshman Seminar (UNIV 101) is the cornerstone of freshman learning communities. The instructors cooperate to address the community theme from different perspectives. The extended contact time with other students and faculty offers a more engaging academic relationship than is possible in most traditional courses.

You do not have to know what you want to major in to join a learning community. Learning communities are offered in a wide variety of themes and interests and include courses that meet general education requirements.

 

How will I benefit?

Students who have participated in an Eastern Learning Community have said they enjoyed having several classes with the same group of people and really getting to know them. They also made friends more easily with other students and developed better relationships with professors. Other program benefits include:

  • easing the transition from high school to college
  • acquiring the knowledge necessary for success
  • becoming an active participant in one's own education
  • convenient block scheduling of particular classes
  • developing valuable leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • experiencing a variety of learning approaches
  • satisfying general education requirements while having fun

 

How do I enroll?

All entering freshmen are enrolled in a learning community when they register for classes. When you visit the Advising Center, you and your advisor will decide which learning community is best for you. You must register for all the courses offered in the community.