Welcome to the Potter College Learning Community
No matter how academically prepared a student is, the transition to college can be overwhelming. For some students it's the size of the campus, for others it's being the first one in their family to go to college, and for others it's just not knowing anyone to talk to. The Potter College Learning Community was formally established in Fall 2012 to address some of these concerns.
The community is restricted to first-year Potter College majors, with students who are exploratory in the College given first preference at spaces. The students take three linked introductory/general education courses: PCAL 175 Potter College University Experience, COMM 145 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, and THEA 151 Theatre Appreciation on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a scheduled lunch break in the series. The three instructors link the content and assignments of the courses to help first-year students understand how academic content crosses disciplines and several out-of-class experiences are offered to the group (at no cost to students). Additionally, the instructors meet bi-weekly to share concerns they have about students' academic performance in the hopes of recognizing potential issues and providing early intervention, if possible.
While quantitative data is limited due to the newness of the program, feedback from student participants has been overwhelmingly positive. One student said, "high school to college is a huge transition and I think it (the LC) helped cushion the fall," and another even did a radio project on the community http://thewesternscoop.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/getting-use-to-college/.
For more information on the program or to reserve a space for the upcoming Fall, contact Jennifer Markin, Community advisor and PCAL 175 instructor, at email@example.com.