Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. Who may join a Learning Community?
  2. How many units will I earn?
  3. What if I want to drop one of the classes in a Learning Community?
  4. Will my grade in one Learning Community class affect my grade in the other?
  5. Do Learning Community classes cover General Education requirements?
  6. How is taking classes in a Learning Community different than taking other classes?

 


1. Who may join a Learning Community?

Any student may join a Learning Community — provided that he or she has met the prerequisites for classes in the Learning Community.

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2. How many units will I earn?

You will earn the normal amount of units for each class.  For example, if you enroll in a Learning Community with two 3‑unit classes, you will earn 3 units for each class for a total of 6 units.

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3. What if I want to drop one of the classes in a   Learning Community?

You cannot drop only one of your classes without dropping the other class or classes in the Learning Community. However, one of the benefits for joining a Learning Community is the added support you will have throughout the semester. This support is very important for helping students avoid dropping the Learning Community. In fact, Learning Communities typically have far better student success and retention rates than normal courses.

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4. Will my grade in one Learning Community class affect my grade in the other?

No. Your grades for each class are independent.  However, the subjects and assignments for the classes will be linked, and therefore your progress in one class will most likely reflect your progress in the other.

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5. Do Learning Community classes cover General Education requirements?

Yes, some classes cover General Education requirements (IGETC, CSU, UCSD TAG, AA) while others cover prerequisites for General Education requirements.  (Before you enroll in a Learning Community, or any class, it is recommended that you visit a counselor in room A-110.) Click here to see requirements for your program or education plan.

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6. How is taking classes in a Learning Community different than taking other classes?

Learning Community classes and "other classes" cover the same subjects.  But the similarities end here. Learning Community classes have a common theme and are designed so that students learn to make connections between two or more subjects. The classes are planned and coordinated by a team of professors so that the classes share topics, ideas and assignments throughout the semester.  Ideally, studying for one of the classes means studying for the others at the same time.  See the "Student Benefits and Experience" page to learn more.

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