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Aboriginal Student Achievement Program

Learning Communities

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:

  • Academic advising through Trish Monture Centre for Student Success advisors
  • Academic skill building through tutorials
  • Social interactions through learning communities
  • Financial aid in the form of bursaries
  • Small class sizes
  • Culturally sensitive instructors
  • Courses to build academic skills
  • Popular first year courses

"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 Sign-up is now Open!

ASAP Learning Communities 2017 - 2018
TERM 1

ASAP 01 – Medicine Wheel 1 LC

Biology 120 – English 113 – Strategies for Academic Success in Sciences 102

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 August 8 – 11, 2017 (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.

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ASAP 02 – Star Blanket LC

Psychology 120 – Sociology 111 – Strategies for Academic Success 100

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.

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ASAP 03 – Turtle LC

Archaeology 112 – History 125 – Strategies for Academic Success 103

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.

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Living Learning Community - Tipi 1 LLC

Student Housing in College Quarter or Voyageur Place & Meal Plan

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 Marquis Hall. We also offer College Quarter as a residence option for students interested in the Living Learning Community. College Quarter consists of fully furnished four bedroom apartments. Tipi LLC students will also benefit from having their Voyageur Place and College Quarter 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 be registered in a Term 1 ASAP Learning Community.

*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. Also, for College Quarter there are four students sharing an apartment. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any rooms for families at this time. Interested students should email tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca as soon as possible to ensure a spot, as space is limited.

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This Learning Community has seats reserved for ASAP students and also students that are taking the Aboriginal Theatre Program - ATP Program. ASAP students are invited to talk to your ASAP Academic Advisor regarding the option to take the ATP Certificate on its own or adding it to a Degree Program.

wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program (ATP) is a great fit for students interested in pursuing the Fine Arts. ATP is a comprehensive and experiential-based learning approach to develop emerging First Nations and Métis theatre professionals in the areas of Performance, Theatre Design and Collective Creation. The program culminates in a world premiere of a new theatrical work, created, designed and performed by the program participants.

The Certificate in Aboriginal Theatre (ATP) is a two-year (30 credit unit), cohort-based program delivered over six consecutive semesters of study. The program delivers meaningful and principled theatre skills that will provide graduates with the requisite training for success in a creative milieu where significant employment opportunities exist. For those ATP graduates interested in continuing their education at the University of Saskatchewan, ATP can be used to ladder into degree programs.

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ASAP’s STEM Accelerator Courses

Chemistry 90 – Physics 90 – Math Readiness Tutorial

Establish skills for success in pre-requisite STEM courses common to degrees in Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Agriculture & Bio resources, Health Science, and Science Education programs.

These non-degree credit preparatory courses are designed for students who want to pursue STEM Pathways to a degree in science or a related professional degree (e.g. health science, science education, and engineering) who lack high school pre-requisite courses or have been away from school for > 3 years and would like to refresh their knowledge of these subjects.

NOTE: Physics 90 and Chemistry 90 will stand in lieu of 30-level pre-requisites for STEM degree programs. Chemistry 90, a pre-requisite to Chemistry 112, may be enrolled in concurrently with the ASAP Medicine Wheel 1 LC in first term

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ASAP Year 2, Walking Together LC

Indigenous Studies 241 – Weaving Indigenous Science and Western Science

The Walking Together Learning Community includes one common course and learning community hour per term. It is designed for second or third year Aboriginal students. Small class sizes and Indigenized curricula support interdisciplinary integration of Indigenous perspectives to expand the relevance of learning in diverse degree programs, and connect First Nations, Inuit and Metis students to one another, and to academic and cultural programming opportunities. Recommended for students interested in pursuing STEM Pathways, but open to all Aboriginal students beyond their first year of study.

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ASAP Learning Communities 2017 - 2018
TERM 2

ASAP 04 – Medicine Wheel 2 LC

Psychology 121 – Indigenous Studies 107 – Women’s and Gender Studies 112

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 2018 which will provide 2 more courses required for Nursing, STAT 244 and NUTR 120). 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.

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ASAP 05 - Hide LC

English 114 – Sociology 112 – Political Studies 112

The Hide Learning Community is an excellent choice for students interested in law, politics, Aboriginal Justice and Criminology and International Studies. These introductory courses in English and Political Studies are also a great foundation for study humanities such as History and Philosophy, or Social Sciences. The Hide Learning Community offers foundational courses for degrees such as Sociology or professional programs such as Social Work. 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.

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ASAP 06 – Eagle feather LC

English 120 – Philosophy 115 – Cree 110

The Eagle Feather Learning Community offers foundational courses for degrees such as English, Philosophy, Languages or writing. The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. The Eagle Feather LC is well suited to students who are unsure of what they want to major in. ENG 120.3 and PHIL 115.3 help to develop strong writing skills and can be used to fill the Humanities or Humanities writing requirement of virtually all Arts and Science degrees. The Eagle Feather LC pairs well with both the Medicine Wheel LC and the Star Blanket LC.

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The Medicine Wheel Learning Community 3 (consisting of CHEM 112, the CHEM 112 lab, and Peer Led Team Learning Workshops) 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 2017. For more information, please contact tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca

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Living Learning Community: Tipi 2 LLC

Student Housing in College Quarter or Voyageur Place & Meal Plan

Students who enroll in the Tipi Living Learning Community 1 will automatically be enrolled in this Tipi – 2 LLC as well (the Voyageur Place and College Quarter housing offer and contract are set up for both Term 1 and Term 2 for 2017-18). 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 be registered in a Term 2 ASAP Learning Community.

For more information on the Living Learning Community, see Tipi Living Learning Community 1, or contact tmc@artsandscience.usask.ca.

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ASAP Year 2, Walking Together LC

English 114 – Literature & Composition: Reading Culture; Cultures of Science

The Walking Together Learning Community includes one common course and learning community hour per term. It is designed for second or third year Aboriginal students. Small class sizes and Indigenized curricula support interdisciplinary integration of Indigenous perspectives to expand the relevance of learning in diverse degree programs, and connect First Nations, Inuit and Metis students to one another, and to academic and cultural programming opportunities. Recommended for students interested in pursuing STEM Pathways, but open to all Aboriginal students beyond their first year of study.

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The first year handbook

 

Program Contact Information

Lori Slater Pollock
Director of Arts & Science Learning Communities
 lori.slater@usask.ca

Text the advisors 306-361-5990