We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being involved in the Learning Community program at Saint Louis University by teaching a course in a First-Year Interest Group (FIGs).
In September 2007, a Task Force of the Undergraduate Initiatives Committee was charged to develop a system of residential learning communities. Previous experiences with such communities, both at SLU and at other institutions, suggested just how promising such a large and robust system would be for our campus. The National Study of Living and Learning Communities (2004) found clear benefits for student participants, including, in increased involvement in study groups, more discussion of academic material outside of class, enhanced development of intellectual abilities, better mentoring relationships with the faculty, improved student satisfaction and sense of belonging at the institution, fewer behavioral problems involving alcohol, higher grade point averages, and increased retention.
FIGs, within the Learning Communities, are a co-enrollment option designed especially for first-time college students. A FIG is a small group of students taking two to three courses together and living together in a residential Learning Community. Course sizes within the FIGs range from small, just the FIG students, to larger courses that involve other students. FIGs offer students the opportunity to enhance their learning experience at Saint Louis University by surrounding themselves with peers who share their academic or special interests.
Your involvement by teaching a course in a FIG within a residential Learning Community is greatly appreciated. Your involvement is critical to the success of the program. By faculty, staff, and students working together across departments/divisions, we can enhance student learning and the campus experience for our students.
Thank you again for your involvement in the Learning Community program at Saint Louis University!
|Dr. Manoj Patankar|
Vice President, Academic Affairs
How to get started
The web pages throughout the Faculty/Staff section are designed for you to engage with at your leisure. You can gauge your readiness to attend our April Best Practices event by your ability to answer our "Are you ready?" questions below.
The Learning Communities first event of the year is Friday, April 13, 4-5pm in the Sinquefield Stateroom of Duburg Hall. All FIG instructors will receive save-the-dates with formal invites in April. If you are a FIG instructor for Fall 2012 and have questions about the event please email Greg Lucsko, FIGs Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Are you ready? If you can confidently answer these questions, you are ready for our April event!