Student Enrichment Programs

While most college students are content with traditional college class formats, you may be hoping to find something more when you start your post-secondary education.
Thankfully, you can at Broward College.
 
Maybe you need extra support to help you finish your degree and graduate college. Perhaps you thrive in a close-knit setting, where you really have the chance to form a bond with your classmates and teachers. Whatever your particular learning style is, we have academic enrichment programs in place that will see you through college successfully.

Student Leadership and Mentoring Program

Broward College has partnered with PeerForward and AmeriCorps to launch, the first of its kind, Peer Mentoring and Leadership program. Peer Leaders can mentor and support you each step of the way as you work towards completing your degree and reaching your educational goals. Peer Leaders are current students or BC alumni just like you who have been trained in leadership and mentoring skills to be able to provide the best possible support to become a successful student.

I would like to be a mentee:


I would like to apply to become a Peer Leader to assist and inspire other students:

I would like to apply to become a Faculty Mentor to assist and support Peer Leaders: 

Faculty mentors will be paired with at least one staff member to form a mentorship team for peer leaders. The purpose of mentorship teams is to provide academic guidance to students as they create SMART goals for the academic year and in the design and implementation of initiative objective

Learning Communities

The purpose of Broward College's learning communities and contextualized course program is tied to and supportive of the broader institutional goals and the college's strategic plan for student success, which include improvement of enrollment, term-to-term retention, and time-to-degree completion. The goals of the contextualized courses and LCs are aligned with the college competencies, including critical thinking, effective communication, ethical reasoning, global self-awareness, information literacy, and mathematical and scientific reasoning.

Learning Communities (LCs), also called "cohorts," are ideal if you prefer a team approach to learning both in and out of the classroom where you, your classmates and teachers work closely together. Broward College offers the following Learning Communities:

The Concept Themed Learning Communities and the Pathway Themed Learning Communities may be offered in linked or paired classroom format. A Linked Learning Community is comprised of two or more courses with a common cohort of students under a common theme, where the activities and assignments created influenced by the studies and lesson given within all courses linked within the community.

A Paired Learning Community involves two or more courses under a common theme; however, these courses do not share a common group of students. The instructors teaching in a paired community created activities and assignments that promote the interaction of the different student groups enrolled in all courses paired within the community.

Research shows that students enrolled in group learning environments perform better in term-to-term persistence and grade point average (GPA).  Additionally, the overall success rates of these students are higher than those enrolled in the same classes, but not part of a learning communities and contextualized course. 

Other advantages are:

  • Students interact in more active, involved exploratory learning.
  • With greater student-faculty interaction, students can work together to pool their expertise, knowledge and skills.
  • Students are exposed to and develop a better understanding of diverse perspectives.
  • Content is reinforced as students work together and "teach" each other. This improves understanding through additional discussion and explanation.
  • Students are better prepared for real life social and employment situations.

Anyone can take a contextualized course or be a part of a learning community. The transition to college may be difficult for some students, whether you're fresh out of high school, new to the country, returning to college after a lengthy hiatus, or even taking a course that you find a bit intimidating. Taking courses with other students with similar academic goals provides the supportive, nurturing environment that will encourage you to succeed.

Contextualized Course

A Contextualized Course is a class that offers learning activities and assignments themed for students’ projected career paths. For instance, in a Freshman Composition class, you may be asked to write an argumentative essay based on an issue impacting your future career, or in a math course, your instructor may have you focus on equations set in scenarios about your future career.