It's not your parents dorm anymore
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through Academics in the Commons, which is a division of the College
of Letters and Science, students can receive tutoring or attend
workshops on everything from choosing a major to time management.
There is an academic-mentoring network for first-year students,
as well as counseling services.
Bruce Barbee Ed.D. '85, director of Academics in the Commons: "Let's
put services where the students are."
services obviously are popular with students, who line up hundreds
deep to sign up for tutoring sessions. While waiting in the long
lines, many are on their cell phones trying to locate friends elsewhere
in the column that snakes through the plaza.
are getting a value-added education by having their academic life
happen not just in the classrooms on campus, but also in their residential
setting," says Hanson.
if some students aren't immediately taking advantage of the services,
they like knowing that they're available. "It's definitely
positive that they are here," says Matt Rubin, a freshman from
San Diego living in Hedrick Hall. "I'm not necessarily using
them right now, but I probably will as things come up."
years ago when the College of Letters and Science unveiled the centerpiece
of its revamped General Education program a 15-unit multidisciplinary
course that would span all three freshman quarters it was
held at the Northwest Campus Auditorium. This fall, six cluster
courses are being offered on The Hill, with lectures in the 450-seat
auditorium of DeNeve Plaza, the newest housing complex, and discussion
sections held nearby at Covel Commons.