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TSLC Vision: Live, Learn, Connect,
TSLC freshmen are housed together at UNK in Mantor Hall. Living together during the transition to
college provides students the ability to build relationships alongside peers with
the same academic and scholarship expectations. Sophomore,
junior, and senior Thompson Scholars do not have a living requirement as part
of the TSLC, but may be provided optional housing with Mantor Hall with fellow
sharing academic experiences, the Thompson Scholars have the opportunity to
develop intellectually with one another.
Freshmen and sophomore Thompson Scholars take a number of classes
together depending on academic level, including a freshmen seminar course
taught by the TSLC staff. Freshmen
are provided with detailed academic plans of upcoming TSLC classes to help them
plan accordingly. Classes offered by the TSLC vary from semester to semester,
but have included general studies courses from all four academic colleges at
the associations made through the living community and shared classes, Thompson
Scholars are provided other opportunities to connect at UNK. All freshmen Thompson Scholars are assigned a
mentor who is academically a sophomore or above; these mentors are also
Thompson Scholars who live within the Mantor Hall community. TSLC Mentors play an integral support role in
giving academic advice, connecting scholars to UNK resources, and building
Thompson Scholars Learning Community also delivers social and academic
programming for the community members; some programs are required for students
based on academic level. Using the TSLC
mission as a guide, the TSLC staff intentionally plans social events and educational
sessions that promote student engagement, leadership development, and
involvement at UNK and beyond. Outside of the TSLC Program offerings, all Thompson Scholars are also invited to participate in the student organization, Thompson Scholars United (TSU), which helps all Thompson Scholars stay linked across academic levels at UNK.
Scholars achieve success individually and as members of a community. Through learning community expectations,
students practice fundamental skills such as time management, social
development, academic success habits, professional communication, cultural
awareness and civic responsibility.
Opportunities with the TSLC such as serving as a Peer Academic Leader
(PAL) for the freshmen seminar classes, guiding freshmen as a TSLC Mentor, and
developing programs as officers in Thompson Scholars United (TSU) continue to
foster leadership skills of Thompson Scholars.
Thompson Scholars, mentors, peer academic leaders, staff, faculty, and
administrators work collaboratively to support and challenge Thompson Scholars
at UNK. As a result, the students in the
UNK TSLC have achieved higher grade point averages than the UNK undergraduate grade
point average each semester since the start of the TSLC Program. Additionally, statistics show that Thompson
Scholars have remained enrolled in college and have graduated at higher rates
than their non-Thompson peers at UNK.
• Provide students with a social and academic support system.
• Offer opportunities for student growth and development.
• Organize programming with campus and community resources.
• Provide additional academic interaction and resources.
• Assist with transition to college and persistence to graduation.
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