Genesee Institute Gears Up for Four New Summer '03 Learning Communities

The Genesee Institute will sponsor four new learning communities this summer, Project Coordinator Christine Belongia reported to Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees this evening. The Genesee Institute is a pilot program, now in its third year, that offers interdisciplinary college courses - or "learning communities" - that encompass classroom seminars and hands-on student projects.

New learning communities include:

• "Infectious Humanity: From the Plague to Bioterrorism, a Human Perspective," offered at the Batavia Campus, encompassing Human Biology and Western Traditions II, a history course.

• "The Case for Communication: English on Trial," offered at the Batavia Campus, encompassing English Communications I and Introduction to Paralegalism.

• "Yesterday Meets Tomorrow: Using Computers & the Internet to Dig Up History without Getting Dirty," offered at the Batavia Campus, encompassing U. S. History in the 20th Century and Introduction to Computers.

• "How to Change the World with the Power of Words," offered at Genesee Community College at Lakeville, encompassing English Communications I and Introduction to Human Services.

Each of the four communities encompasses two college courses. The summer learning communities run from July 7 to August 7, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The summer communities are open to high school juniors and seniors.

Students interested in learning more about the Genesee Institute or enrolling may call (585) 345-6801.

In other news, The Genesee Institute will move out of its "pilot" phase this fall and begin to offer interdisciplinary learning communities during the fall and spring semesters, Ms. Belongia reported. "We started this program to introduce faculty members to the concept of learning communities, and to train them in developing interdisciplinary courses," she said. "We have successfully done that. More than 25 of our faculty members now have some kind of experience with learning communities, and they are ready to begin offering this unique form of education throughout the regular academic year."

Last year, Genesee Institute student surveys revealed a 91% satisfaction rate with the quality of the courses, Ms. Belongia said.