Frequently Asked Questions about Learning Communities


GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

  • A Learning Community is a combination of classes that you will have in common with other students who share your major. The Learning Community course (UNIV 1131/UNIV 1000) is a first year, college course required for all incoming freshmen. This course helps students get adjusted to life on the Maverick campus and assists in the transition to college. Course assignments, taught by a Peer Academic Leader (PAL) and a college representative (faculty member), will help students identify their individual needs and skills to support academic success.

WHY DOES UTA HAVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES?

  • The Division of Student Success, along with campus leaders, determined that UTA students were striving for connection across campus – both academically and socially. The Learning Community will cohort students in common classes, based on similar majors. The Learning Community will also introduce students to faculty who teach courses in their major. Students in each Learning Community course will learn what resources are appropriate and available, and will be taught to formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on campus.

DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN A RESIDENCE HALL TO BE IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

  • Not necessarily. While it certainly can be easier to live on campus and have easy access to support resources, participate in study groups, and not have to deal with a daily community, it is not required at UTA for you to live on campus. If you choose to be a part of a Residential Learning Community, you will have the added benefit of other students in your LC living up and down the hall from you.

I WAS ADMITTED AS A TRANSFER STUDENT; WILL I BE IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

  • It would depend on your major.  Some majors include their transfer students in their Learning Communities, and others do not.  Ask your academic advisor if you will be participating in the LC program.

I WANT TO START IN THE SPRING SEMESTER. WILL THERE BE LEARNING COMMUNITIES FOR ME?

  • Yes.  There will be a few Learning Communities starting in the Spring semester as well.  These LCs may be more interdisciplinary in approach than the fall LCs.

I WANT TO START IN THE SUMMER SEMESTER. WILL THERE BE LEARNING COMMUNITIES FOR ME?

  • In the summer, you can take the summer classes that you are advised for, but you will not be placed in a Learning Community, including the UNIV 1131/1000 course, until the fall.  Work with your advisor early on to ensure that you are taking the best courses possible to set you up for success in a Learning Community in the fall.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TUITION TO TAKE UNIV 1131/1000?

WILL THE COURSE BE GRADED?

    • The UNIV 1131 is a graded course; you will receive a letter grade that is factored into your GPA. If you earn an F, Z (no grade), or W (withdraw), you will be required to retake the course.
    • The UNIV 1000 course will be graded on a Pass/Fail grading system.  Students must complete a minimum number of assignments and meet all attendance requirements for the course to earn a passing grade.

IMPACT OF AP/IB/CLEP/DUAL CREDIT

I HAVE AP/IB/CLEP CREDIT; WILL THAT IMPACT MY PLACEMENT IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

  • It might. You will want to go over this with your academic advisor, making them aware of what scores you earned, so that you can be advised for the correct courses. You will still be in a learning community, but some small tweaks may need to be made to the courses you are taking.  Please make sure you have requested the test company send official copies of your test scores to UTA.

I HAVE DUAL CREDIT; WILL THAT IMPACT MY PLACEMENT IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

  • It might. You will want to go over this with your academic advisor, making them aware of what courses you have already completed, so that you can be advised for the correct courses. You will still be in a learning community, but some small tweaks may need to be made to the courses you are taking.  Please make sure you have requested a transcript of your previous college level work be sent from that university/college to UTA.

REGISTRATION AND CLASS SCHEDULE

HOW DO STUDENTS REGISTER FOR UNIV 1131/1000?

  • Your academic advisor will pre-enroll you into the Learning Community course prior to attending orientation.

AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE THE UNIV 1131/1000 THAT IS LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE?

  • Yes!  Each section of UNIV 1131/1000 is tied to a specific program.  You must take that class, in that section, at that day and time.

AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE ALL THE CLASSES ON THE LEARNING COMMUNITY SCHEDULE?

  • The classes on the Learning Community schedule will apply towards your major and will help you make progress towards your degree. However, if you already have credit for a course that is listed on the schedule, you do not have to take the course. You are required to stay in the Learning Community course because the course does satisfy degree requirements.In addition, you will need to take the specific course sections that are listed on the schedule. A large part of the experience and benefit of this program is that you are in a group and in the same classes.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT ENROLL IN THE UNIV 1131/1000 THAT IS LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE, DROP THAT CLASS, "OPT OUT" OF THE LEARNING COMMUNITY, OR DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM CRITERIA TO STAY IN THE LEARNING COMMUNITY?

  • You will need to speak with an academic advisor about your specific issue.  Majors now require this class on their degree plan, so failing to complete it this semester may impact your graduation in a future semester.

CAN I CHANGE MY UNIV 1131/UNIV 1000 LEARNING COMMUNITY SCHEDULE?

  • Yes, you may be able to change your Learning Community at New Maverick Orientation. Please speak with your academic advisor.

HOW DO I CHANGE MY UNIV 1131/1000 SECTION ONCE I'VE ATTENDED ORIENTATION?

  • It is our hope that when you walk away at the end of orientation, you will have a set schedule and will not need to make any changes. If something comes up, you will need to contact an advisor at the University Advising Center (uac@uta.edu).  An advisor may be able to make the change for you.  Students are unable to make changes to UNIV 1131/1000 sections on their own.

HOW OFTEN DO THE UNIV 1131/1000 MEET?

  • Both the UNIV 1131 and UNIV 1000 meets twice per week.

QUESTIONS

WHO IS THE CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE STUDENT SUCCESS COURSE OR THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE COURSE?

  • Please contact the Division of Student Success at lc@uta.edu or phone at 817-272-6107 for questions related to the Learning Community courses.
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