TAMIU Learning Communities Bring
First Year Students Closer
During their first year in higher education, some students may feel lost
or alone in the new experiences of a university life.
Fortunately, a solution is in place for those who seek higher education
at Texas A&M International University.
This Fall, TAMIU will introduce "Learning
Communities" into its
First Year Experience Program. Through these communities, first-time students
will be able to network with other students and receive guidance from their
professors and peers.
By implementing Learning Communities, TAMIU is aiming
to encourage more student involvement and enthusiasm while helping them
develop a closer bond with University faculty and staff.
"Through Learning Communities, TAMIU will be able to relate to its new
students on an increased level and help them succeed in the transition from
high school to higher education," said Conchita Hickey, executive director
of Programs for Academic Support and Enrichment (PASE).
"This approach is imperative since most students are commuters and may
not believe that there is a sense of unity within a University that's also
a 10-minute drive from home. Through learning communities, students will
have courses that are intentionally linked and deal with a common theme," she
Under the program, first year students will take a small freshman
seminar class together and will then take several more classes together,
making it easier for them to meet other students, form study groups, and
make interdisciplinary connections between the courses they are taking, Hickey
She noted that Learning Communities also reduce class absences
and increase student involvement in University activities such as societies
"More importantly, undergraduates can expect higher grade point averages
and elevated intellectual development, ultimately staying in college and
completing the coursework required to receive their University degrees," Hickey
All new students will be assigned to participate in the Learning Communities
upon registering for classes at TAMIU. The placement will be based on major
and course load, and will take a student's schedule availability into consideration.
"By establishing learning communities, TAMIU is ensuring that everyone
can be a part of this new chapter in the University's progress toward a more
engaging and vibrant institution," Hickey concluded.
For more information
on learning communities and the First Year Experience, please contact Conchita
Hickey at 326.2134, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit offices located in
Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 206.
Fall Registration for Fall 2007 at
TAMIU is currently underway at uonline.tamiu.edu.
Classes start Monday Aug. 27.
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contact the Office of the University Registrar at email@example.com,
call 326-2250 or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library
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