First year learning communities
Through learning communities, a cohort-based model which uses interactive learning strategies, Warner Pacific is developing a rich support system for students from diverse backgrounds. Learning communities bring students together in curricular and co-curricular environments to increase retention and overall academic success.
At Warner Pacific, the First Year Learning Communities (FYLC) also provide a way for faculty, staff, and students to creatively engage with the college’s urban mission: “In the City, For the City.”
Oregon’s higher education system faces a challenge in serving every student through graduation. Demographic changes show that more low-income students, first generation students, and students of color are entering the education pipeline. However, up to this time these students have not graduated from high school at high rates, have not advanced to college at high rates, and have not graduated from college at high rates. Warner Pacific College is using learning communities to adapt to changes in higher education and support the academic success of all students.
What do they look like?
The community and friendship aspects of this [learning community] are easily attained, rather than being an anonymous face in a class of 35. Small group settings allow you to dialogue, brainstorm, laugh, joke, ponder, create, daydream and so on. Also, being able to choose a topic to focus on that’s your choice and yours to focus on as a group is very rewarding. There are multiple field trips that take you away from the humdrum of life. These groups are not to fulfill a requirement, but to develop yourself as a person. Developing who you are through the development of others and others’ ideas/truths, will open you up to possibilities you might never have known before."