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Learning Community Clusters 




Learning Community Clusters for First Year Students 

The transition to college life can be challenging and even stressful. The academic, social and personal advantages provided to first year students who join a Learning Community Cluster (LCC) help students to reduce stress and enjoy a successful first semester at SRU. 

In a LCC, students enroll in a series of classes with the same students.  This enables students to get to know each other better and develop a sense of community within the group. Included in each LCC is a FYRST Seminar, a student success class offered to first-year students at many colleges and universities nationally.  Research has shown that the more students connect to the University, the more successful they are in their college experience.

Fall 2012 Learning Community Clusters

LCC/FYRST Seminar Advantages

·      Make new friends

·      Learn success skills and strategies

·      Connect with faculty and staff

·      Set personal and major/career goals

·      Share learning experiences

·      Be part of the supportive “Rock” family

·      Have fun!

 Here’s what students say about their LCC experience:

“Being in a cluster made it easier for me to makes friends.“

“Compared to my friends who didn’t join a cluster I was more familiar with the services and staff on campus.”

“I found the LCC very useful when I needed a study partner.  We were all on the same page.”

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My Rock Audit

Ms. Cathy Brinjak
Assistant Professor
Director of FYRST Seminar & Academic Advisement Center
106B Bailey Library