The evolution of learning communities in higher education during the last decade is one of the most exciting, academically challenging, student friendly developments in years. Learning communities are academically challenging and extremely rewarding.
At Buffalo State, the learning community program consists of linked courses across one academic year. A cohort of twenty five students take two linked courses in the fall semester. Course content in the two courses are linked to a spring semester course. The faculty work to demonstrate how his or her course reflects the theme and connects to learning in the other courses. Students take all three courses together and form friendships that last beyond the first academic year.
Equally as important, students learn material at a deeper level because they spend more time discussing ideas and working to master the lessons.
Any student in any major can participate in the Linked Learning Community program and is available to both resident and commuter students. Students in special programs (athletics, honors, EOP, etc.) can participate with their adviser’s approval.
A community is a particularly good idea if...
you have scheduling flexibility in your degree program.
you are not working more than 20 hours per week.
you are new to the Buffalo area.
you are exploring majors/minors.
Each community consists of two courses in the fall and one course in the spring. Classes may fulfill a portion of the college's Intellectual Foundations (general education) requirements.
One of the goals of the program is to encourage students to appreciate the interrelationships between many subjects, despite their apparent differences. Faculty members work together to emphasize these connections and to use the community theme as a "thread" to tie them together.
Space in the residence hall has been dedicated to the participants and includes a lounge space, a kitchen, a computer lab, and an office for learning community professors. Commuter students have access to the residence hall during certain hours and can consider it a "home away from home."