L.E.A.R.N.™ is a learning community (LC) established at WCU in 2016 with a focus on
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students' academic success.
By working with on-campus partners, L.E.A.R.N.™ provides a select group of 20 transfer
students at WCU an inquiry-based/hands-on learning experience. L.E.A.R.N.™ students
are continuously supported and build critical thinking and career readiness skills.
Through early mentor-supported research opportunities, students enjoy unique learning
experiences that are generally reserved for upper-level students. Students who join
L.E.A.R.N.™ are empowered to build knowledge, skills, and networks that can pave a
way to upper-level and post-graduate career opportunities.
Students in this Program Will:
1. Experience a close-knit learning community at a regional university with other
STEM students, mentors, faculty, and staff.
We understand that coming to a new university can be a bit daunting to a transfer
student. We strive to provide opportunities for our L.E.A.R.N.™ students to build
one-to-one relationships with faculty, staff, and other students on campus. L.E.A.R.N.
students learn and study together throughout their time in the program. L.E.A.R.N.
students are provided a 2-course platform where they can work, study, and share experiences
as transfer students joining the WCU research community.
2. Receive personalized academic advising through a dedicated L.E.A.R.N. academic
advisor and a scholarship.
Students in the L.E.A.R.N. program will receive personalized academic advising with
a WCU advisor dedicated to the L.E.A.R.N. program. Students have the opportunity to
meet with the L.E.A.R.N. academic advisor several times throughout the year through
planned advising check-ins, or if at any point a student feels the need to meet. In
addition to personalized academic advising, students in L.E.A.R.N. will receive a
3. Enroll in Introduction to Research courses to produce a research proposal and poster presentation.
Earn credit hours toward your degree by participating in the 2-course platform. T-L.E.A.R.N.
students are enrolled in Introduction to Research (Part I) and Undergraduate Research
in the Discipline (Part II). Students in the L.E.A.R.N. program can earn up to four
elective credit hours, 3 of which can count towards a student's 25 % rule.
4. Engage in a 12-week research apprenticeship with an upper-level undergraduate student-faculty
Students in L.E.A.R.N. will work alongside a student and faculty mentor team. Their
help and guidance will provide the L.E.A.R.N. student a path to transition into the
research area and the experimental designs.
5. Participate in academic, social, and community service activities through WCU-sponsored
events to build and strengthen their network of peers.
Through our partnership with the Center for Career and Professional Development, L.E.A.R.N.
students get opportunity to advance their extracurricular transcripts through the
Degree Plus Program. Students who participate in Degree Plus can engage more fully on campus and build
broader community networks, while advancing their interests and their resumes.
6. Acquire skills that will make them qualified and competitive to apply to upper-level
undergraduate research programs.
Students who are successful in the program will be attractive candidates for junior-
and senior-level research programs at WCU. We also strongly support and highly encourage
our students to apply for competitive summer undergraduate research programs, such
as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU)