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Melvin W. Jones Scholars Learning Community: A community for first-year non-majority students. Our Campus. Established as a land-grant institution in 1869 Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive Student body 22,973 Faculty and staff 5,870

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Melvin w jones scholars learning community a community for first year non majority students

Melvin W. Jones Scholars Learning Community: A community for first-year non-majority students.


Our campus

Our Campus

  • Established as a land-grant institution in 1869

  • Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive

  • Student body 22,973

  • Faculty and staff 5,870

  • Alumni 186,000

  • Externally funded research $102,497,596


Student enrollment

Student Enrollment

  • Total Student Body22,973

  • First-time Freshman 4,235

  • Male12,070

  • Female10,903

  • Black589

  • Hispanic733

  • Native American158

  • Asian1,156

  • White & Unknown20,337


Learning community structure at our institution

Learning Community Structure at our Institution

  • Communities are initiated by sponsoring academic unit

  • Open to first year students only

  • Students are co-enrolled into two to three courses together first semester

  • Students live on the same part of a residence hall floor

  • Peer mentors and faculty sponsors develop co-curricular activities on a monthly basis for participants

  • Our first community started in 1994 was the Freshman Learning Community, followed by the Psychology and Journalism, 1996

  • One full-time position split between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to coordinate all Learning Community initiatives


Learning communities today

Learning Communities

Biology23

Business50

Criminal Justice10

Engineering90

General Studies40

Joint ROTC 20

Mass Media Perspective20

Music45

Natural Resources10

Scholars Communities

College of Education & Human Sciences Advantage 25

EN Thompson International Scholars20

Justin Smith Morrill Scholars10

Melvin W. Jones Scholars 25

Pre-Law Scholars15

William H Thompson Scholars125

Total in Scholars 220

Total in Learning Communities 308

Combined 528

Learning Communities Today


Formation of mjs

Formation of MJS

  • Initiated by the faculty and staff Black Caucus

  • Goal of providing a community for minority students on a pre-dominantly white campus

  • Community Focus

    • Academic Support

    • Develop Leadership Skills

    • Engage in Community Service

    • Connect with Lincoln Community

  • Initial Community Challenges

    • First non-discipline based LC

    • What unit will sponsor the community

    • Funding sources

    • How to identify the community


Advisory board

Advisory Board

Dr. Colleen Jones

  • Special Assistant to the Chancellor

  • Faculty in the College of Business Administration

  • Spouse of Melvin W. Jones

  • Faculty

  • Admissions, Multicultural Recruiter

  • Career Services

  • Housing, Residence Director

  • Academic LC Coordinator

  • Student


Courses

Courses

  • ETHN 100: The Minority Experience

    • Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of American Indians, African Americans, Latinos and other racial minority groups in the United States.

  • ALEC 102: Interpersonal Skills for Leadership

    • Introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. An experiential approach, field projects and a supervised service project.


Activities

Activities

  • Weekly Meetings

    • Similar content to a “foundations” course

    • Leadership development

  • Workshops

    • Career Networking

    • Academic Achievement

  • Dinner with the Chancellor

  • Community Outreach

    • Service Projects

    • Community Navigators


Community snap shot

Community Snap Shot

Community Size

Demographics

Hispanic28

Multiracial24

African American82

Native American7

White3

Asian 1

Male50

Female95

Cohorts

200431

200537

200634

200743

Total145


Community snap shot cont

Community Snap Shot cont.

College

Fine and Performing Arts7

Journalism17

Public Affairs and Community5

Nursing4

Undeclared28

Agricultural Science1

Architecture5

Arts & Sciences39

Business Administration20

Education and Human Sciences10

Engineering7


Funding sources

Funding Sources

  • Support from Admissions & Housing

  • Melvin W. Jones Foundation

  • Initiative for Teaching and Learning Excellence Grants (internal)

  • Other Funding Factors

    • Students do not pay a program fee to participate in this community

    • Student organized fundraising


Campus impact

Campus Impact

  • Jones Scholars Alumni Student Organization

  • Student Leadership & Employment

  • Majority Students

  • Development of new Scholars communities


Back page

Back Page

Dr. Doug Zatehcka

Director of Housing

(402) 472-3561

[email protected]

Keith Zaborowski

Associate Director of Housing for Residence Life

(402) 472-3885

[email protected]

AnnMarie Williams

Academic Learning Community Coordinator

(402) 472-0698

[email protected]


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