WHAT ARE LEARNING COMMUNITIES?
As a first-year student, you have the opportunity to enhance your college experience by participating in a business learning community based on your area of academic interest. Learning communities immerse you in an environment that supports academic and professional success. The program brings you and faculty members into smaller clusters of those who have similar interests, creating academic and social support networks. We welcome students who live on campus, as well as those who commute into our community.
We have five learning communities available in Prentice Hall, also known as the Business Connections Commons:
- Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (ABBA)
- A Community of Entrepreneurs (ACE)
- Accounting Freshman Interest Group (AFIG)
- College of Business Colleagues (CBC)
- International Business Community (IBUS)
See below for more details on each learning community:
International Business Community (IBUS)
The program provides opportunities to live and interact among students from different cultures and learn about international business. The program also offers opportunities to learn about study-abroad experiences.
You must be an admitted incoming student and be majoring in Business. To apply to join a learning community complete one or more of the following actions:
- COMPLETE YOUR RESIDENCE HALL HOUSING APPLICATION and be sure to select Prentice Hall as your number one hall preference. Additionally indicate which learning community you are interested in joining.
- For commuters or Honors College students living in Stopher or Johnson Hall – FILL OUT OUR ONLINE APPLICATION and indicate your community of preference.
- INFORM YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR of your interest to participate in a learning community during your Destination Kent State advising appointment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Learning communities and interest groups provide an outstanding opportunity for you to make a meaningful connection with your major early in your academic experience. Benefits include:
- Reserved seating for high-demand courses during the first two years of your academic career
- Eligibility for a $300 learning community book scholarship in your second and third semesters
- On-site access to personalized, individual attention from academic advisors located in the residence hall
- Tutoring and supplemental instruction held in Prentice Hall/Business Connection Commons
- Professional development including network-building, career guidance, and mentoring from business professionals, faculty and staff
- Opportunities to connect and develop relationships with other students who share your interests
MEMBERSHIP EXPECTATIONS OF LEARNING COMMUNITY STUDENTS
- Participation in a minimum of 3 learning community programs each semester (fall and spring), one of which must be a professional development program.
- Residing in Prentice Hall for the 2013-2014 academic year, unless you are a commuter or honor student residing in Stopher or Johnson Hall. This includes following the rules established by the Department of Residence Services and respecting the community in Prentice Hall whether you are a resident or guest.
- Meeting with an Academic Advisor one time during the fall and spring semesters.
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