WHAT IS LEARNING COMMUNITY ONE?
If your high school grades were less than stunning, or if you took fewer than four academic courses in Grade 12, you would usually not be admitted to TWU. However, LC1 is a different admission category that gives you a chance to get started on your degree. Success in this first year proves that you have what it takes and allows you to continue in your degree. While you are in LC1, you are on probation to determine whether you can be successful. If you achieve 2.0 or higher by the end of the program, you will have met the requirements of the university.
Some students choose to participate in LC1 because they want more support. University is a big life change – we get it! LC1 is a solution for those who seek a supported transition in their first year.
Lastly, some students have had schooling experiences that are not traditional, and records do not exist. LC1 allows you the chance to create academic records that demonstrate your ability to manage an academic workload at this level.
HOW MANY CLASSES ARE THERE?
Most students take 12 semester hours in the first semester and 15 semester hours in the second. However, if you prefer to take the program part-time and finish it over more months, that is also an option. The program provides 27 semester hours, which is the equivalent of one year. When you finish, you are considered a 2nd-year student.
WHAT KIND OF CLASSES ARE IN THE PROGRAM?
The cohort courses (arranged for you by the LC1 Advisor) provide your liberal arts courses, which are part of all TWU degrees. Also, you will be able to choose some of your own courses. If you know what major you would like to take, you can take the first year courses in your major. If you are not sure, you can explore.
All courses are taught by our regular TWU professors.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS THERE?
Students in LC1 have a faculty advisor (LC1 Coordinator) to go to with all their questions. If you have questions about schedules and due dates, university processes, computer problems, academic advising, health and wellness, or anything at all, you can get help from the coordinator. The LC1 Coordinator is different from other advisors in that you can stop by for any kind of help whenever you need it.
Also, each student has a success coach to help support your academic skill development. The success coach will meet you weekly throughout the school year. Additional time will also be available if you need it.
Students also have support from all the TWU Learning Commons and campus services, such as the nurse, doctor, and counsellors, career counselling, student employment, and many other offices.
HOW DO I FINISH THE PROGRAM?
After completing the program, as long as you have achieved 2.0, you simply continue into your next year. There are no additional processes, and your program advisor will take care of everything. If you do not achieve 2.0, the advisor will discuss your situation with you. Since LC1 is a unique category in the university, a GPA of 2.0 is essential for staying at the university.
DO I QUALIFY FOR A STUDENT LOAN?
Yes. LC1 at TWU qualifies you for a student loan. In addition, you may qualify for financial aid from TWU.
CAN I KEEP MY PART-TIME JOB?
University is a full-time job. You should plan on dedicating 40 hours or more each week to school (your class time plus your homework, readings, studying, and assignments). It is possible to have a part-time job, but you should consider this very carefully. University studies need to be your number one priority.
CAN I PLAY ON A SPARTAN TEAM?
Yes. We will work around the training schedule to ensure that athletes have the best possible balance between classes and athletics.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A DISABILITY OR HEALTH CONCERN?
If you have a diagnosed physical disability, learning challenge, or medical need, please contact Director of Equity and Learning Resources found in the Learning Commons. Our staff will provide you with more information and discuss whether you qualify for accommodations.
WHAT IF I HAVE HAD AN IEP IN HIGH SCHOOL?
In university, you won't have an IEP as you did in the past. You may qualify for some accommodations (such as extra time for tests or having a note-taker). However, curriculum and assessments are not modified in university-level studies. For further questions about accommodations, please contact our Centre for Accessible Learning.