Aboriginal Student Achievement Program
At the University of Saskatchewan, a learning community (LC) is a small group of students who share common interests, ideas, and classes. LC students gather in a weekly LC Hour, guided by two student peer mentors, and together explore the dynamic potential of their local and global communities.
Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP) Learning Communities bring together Aboriginal first year students who take a common set of courses, meet weekly with upper year peer mentors and connect with Aboriginal role models.
ASAP focuses on student success by providing support in multiple areas:
- Holistic support through Trish Monture Centre for Student Success advisors
- Academic support through tutorials
- Social interactions through learning communities
- Financial support from bursaries
- Small class sizes
- Culturally sensitive instructors
- Courses to build academic skills
- Cultural events and time with elders
"95% of ASAP students would recommend ASAP Learning Communities to a sibling or friend"
Source: 2015-16 ASAP Learning Communities Student Survey March 2016
ASAP Learning Communities 2016 - 2017
The Medicine Wheel Learning Community is designed for Aboriginal students who want to pursue a degree in a health science profession or in life sciences. Students that register in this Medicine Wheel LC will be required to attend a Medicine Wheel Summer Camp in August (August 9 – 12, 2016, more information will be available at the registration appointment with an ASAP Academic Advisor). This Learning Community is designed to be paired with the Medicine Wheel 2 LC (and potentially the Medicine Wheel 3 LC) in term two. These LCs offer courses that are particularly well suited to Nursing and can also work as the starting point for applying to other professional colleges such as Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. The courses in the Medicine Wheel LC also work well toward degrees in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Psychology or can be used toward any other Arts and Science Degree.
The Star Blanket Learning Community is a great fit for students who want to pursue degrees in the social sciences such as Psychology, Sociology, and Indigenous studies, or professional programs such as Social Work and Law. INTS 100 – “Strategies for Academic Success”, provides a solid academic foundation for students who are adjusting to university learning or who want to give themselves extra resources to have maximum success in their studies. Psychology and Sociology are both foundational classes that will develop skills that can be used in the pursuit of any Arts and Science Degree, particularly in social sciences
The Turtle Learning Community offers an outstanding opportunity to study the past and how it influences the present. The combination of Archaeology, History and Interdisciplinary Studies will help students develop a broad range of skills to study human pre-history, history, and culture. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree; however, the Turtle LC is a particularly good choice for students interested in studying the Humanities or Human culture in programs such as English, Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, Archaeology, and Anthropology.
Imagine never having to cook and waking up only a five-minute (indoor) walk from your classes. Unlike other ASAP Learning Communities, the Tipi Living Learning Community is not connected to specific courses; It is connected to where you live!
Students who enroll in the Tipi Living Learning Community will be guaranteed a furnished room in Voyageur Place (one of the student residence halls on campus centrally located right next to the Bowl) and a meal plan at the Marquis Hall buffet. Tipi LLC students will also benefit from having their Voyageur Place Application Fee paid for and their rent subsidized each month to help off-set their living costs (students will be required to pay the remaining portion of their rent with their band funding or student loan monies). Plus, Tipi LLC students will be part of a community of Aboriginal students living together on campus and exploring “Life in Our Community” with two Peer Mentors each week in their LLC Hour; making connections in and around the Saskatoon Aboriginal Community and making connections on the U of S Campus. Students that register in this Tipi -1 LLC must also register in a Term 1 ASAP Learning Community, either LC-ASAP01 or LC-ASAP02 or LC-ASAP03.
Please note: Voyageur Place houses two students in each dorm room. Students interested in the Tipi - 1 LLC must be willing to share a room with another ASAP student. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any rooms for families at this time. Interested students should contact an Aboriginal Student Advisor as soon as possible to ensure a spot, as space is limited.*
ASAP Learning Communities 2016 - 2017
In combination with the Medicine Wheel LC 1 (from Term 1) and the Medicine Wheel LC 3 (see the restrictions for this LC noted under LC-ASAP07), the three Medicine Wheel Learning Communities provide seven of the ten courses required to apply to the College of Nursing (the Medicine Wheel 4 LC will be offered in Spring & Summer 2017 which will provide 2 more courses required for Nursing, more information coming soon). These LCs also provide an excellent starting point for Aboriginal students interested in pursuing careers in professional health sciences (such as Medicine, Dentistry, or Pharmacy), life sciences (such as Biology), and Biomedical Sciences (such as Physiology & Pharmacology or Biochemistry). The courses in this Learning Community can also be used toward any other Arts and Science degree.
The Hide Learning Community offers foundational courses for degrees such as Northern Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Aboriginal Justice and Criminology, and International Studies. This Learning Community is an excellent choice for students who want to learn about cultures and communities, particularly (but not only) in northern environments and earth history. The Hide LC pairs well with any of the Term 1 ASAP LC’s. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.
The Eagle Feather LC is an excellent choice for students interested in law, politics, and writing. These introductory courses in English and Political studies are also a great foundation for study humanities such as History and Philosophy, or Social Sciences such as International Studies and Public Administration. These courses can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.
The Medicine Wheel Learning Community 3 (consisting of CHEM 112, the CHEM 112 lab, and Peer Led Team Learning Sessions) is designed to be taken with Medicine Wheel 1 and 2 LCs however it does fit into and can be combined with any of the other Term 2 ASAP LCs. NOTE: Students who enroll in this LC must successfully pass Biology 120 (students who are enrolled in BIOL 120 in Term 1 can still apply). Any Aboriginal student regardless of their year of study can apply to this LC. All students who apply to this LC will be placed on a waiting list; priority will be given to Term 1 ASAP students who are interested in Nursing. Enrollment decisions for this LC will be made in December 2016. For more information, please contact an Aboriginal Student Advisor.
Students who enroll in the Tipi Living Learning Community 1 will automatically be enrolled in this Tipi – 2 LLC as well (the Voyageur Place housing offer and contract is set up for both Term 1 and Term 2 for 2015-16). The students of the Tipi – 2 LLC will continue to explore and learn about “Life in Our Community” within the U of S Campus and around Saskatoon with the guidance of two knowledgeable peer mentors in their Tipi – 2 LLC Hour. Students that register in this Tipi -2 LLC must also register in a Term 2 ASAP Learning Community, either ASAP04 or ASAP05 or ASAP06. For more information on the Living Learning Community, see Tipi Living Learning Community 1, or contact an Aboriginal Student Advisor.