BenefitsPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/learningcommunities/components.html
When you enroll in a learning community, you and your fellow community members are automatically registered for a block of courses you'll take as a group. Depending on which learning community you choose, the courses fulfill requirements for specific majors or University General Education. Course information can be found on the Opportunities pages.
Learning community students are often offered the unique experience of getting to know their faculty outside of the classroom. Faculty are given the opportunity to attend various social and academic support events. Many are excited about what learning communities are doing on our campus!
"Learning communities serve a tremendous purpose in the success of students, and I have been impressed with the caliber of students I have worked with in these groups." -Dr. Aaron Budge, Civil Engineering
Each learning community has their own Learning Community Coordinator (LCC), an upper-class student dedicated to helping you set and achieve academic goals. LCCs also help develop study groups within your community and plan social events for community members.
The Bigger Picture
There is life outside of the classroom--and your learning community will help you make the most of it! Your LCC, fellow students, and faculty you meet through the community will help you find ways to get involved in student organizations, academic clubs and the Greater Mankato community.
Make A Difference
Your learning community will choose and participate in a service project, either on campus or in the Mankato community. Often, faculty work with learning communities to choose projects related to the major or course subjects—like the elementary education students who created a Fall Fun Night for Halloween in a local elementary school and the nursing students who participated in an Alzheimer's Walk.
All learning community students are expected to read a common book during the summer before they join the program in the fall semester.
You will be able to buy the Common Read book at a discounted rate at our on–campus Barnes and Noble bookstore, or you can buy the book at any bookstore or online book retailer. The selected book may be used in some of your classes, and you will have the opportunity to engage in out–of–class activities and discussions as well.
Research on learning communities nationally and here at Minnesota State Mankato tells us that participants are more likely than non-learning community students to have higher grades, to find opportunities to interact with faculty, to get involved in campus activities and events, and to report greater satisfaction with their overall college experience.
Additional Benefits for First Year Students:
First Year Friends
Worried about making friends your first year? Most first-year students feel the same. As a part of a learning community, you'll live and attend classes with people who share similar interests. Learning community members tend to make friendships that last as they learn, dream, and discover college life together.
A learning community is more than a residence hall. It's more than a social group. It's an opportunity to live and learn with other first-year students like you, and it's a sure path to success at Minnesota State Mankato. All Learning Communities are housed in Renovated Housing.
Learning community participants have the opportunity to move into their Residence Community a day early and avoid the crowds of regular move-in day.
Questions? Contact:Jean Clarke
Director, University Learning Communities
C131 Crawford Residence Community
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001