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NMC Introduces LinC Initiative to Campus Community (December 6, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College recently introduced the new Learning in Communities initiative (LinC) to the college community.

The mission of the NMC Learning in Communities initiative is to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment that promotes the highest educational, intellectual, and social development of students.

The learning communities give students the opportunity to take linked courses developed around integrated and engaging assignments. It has been found that students are more likely to succeed if they take an integrated class and learn to be more responsible in taking courses while they develop a supportive network of friends.

In addition, the Learning in Communities initiative helps students and faculty members connect and share topics, ideas, and assignments between classes.

Learning communities are not new in the field of higher education as they are found in many colleges and universities in the mainland. Starting this spring semester, NMC will offer courses with an “LC” designation, such as TS 103 LC1, integrating a tourism course with developmental English. This will allow students to make important connections within the two programs and ensure a transition to a four-year institute because of the designation.

According to Barbara Merfalen, Dean of Academic Programs and Services, learning communities do exist in other schools because research shows that students who participate in these initiatives have higher academic achievement, enjoy more useful interactions with the faculty, and get more involved with the campus life.

Creating the learning communities is creating the “bridge between the academic side of college and the student services side” said NMC Interim President Lorraine Cabrera during the general assembly. “We also want to demonstrate to the students that we do value them and their success. NMC wants to make sure that student experiences are positive.”

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