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Common Intellectual Experiences


The AAC&U defines Common Intellectual Experiences as the evolution of a “core” curriculum to include a variety of forms, such as a set of required common courses or a vertically organized general education program that includes advanced integrative studies and/or required participation in a learning community. These programs often combine broad themes—e.g., technology and society, global interdependence—with a variety of curricular and cocurricular options for students.

Common Intellectual Experiences at UNCG

UNCG’s Keker Common Experience program is a holistic student success program designed to help first-year students transition to academic life at UNC Greensboro. This high impact practice instills a multi-faceted approach to student success and development to empower students with the tools and skills needed to find their way here.

Learning Objectives

1. Connecting to the UNC Greensboro Community
As a result of this program, students will connect with UNC Greensboro’s many people, programs, and resources to understand how they can help them succeed.

2. Foster Academic Success
As a result of this program, students will engage in active learning strategies to improve critical thinking and academic success skills.

3. Engage in Personal & Professional Development
As a result of this program, students will develop a stronger sense of self-awareness through self-exploration and reflection.

4. Cultivate Spartan Pride
As a result of this program, students will cultivate a sense of Spartan Pride and affinity for UNCG.

The Four Parts of the Keker Common Experience

1. Success Guide
Each first year student receives a success guide created by a nationally-renowned author in the field of college student development. UNCG faculty and staff work collaboratively to tailor this guide to the Spartan experience to provide a customized and valuable learning tool.

2. Success Series
Throughout the academic year, first year students have the opportunity to engage in a series of collaborative programs focused on student success. Various campus partners across UNCG’s campus develop and facilitate these programs to help first year students take initiative and begin taking steps toward their future success.

3. Speaker Visit
First year students have the opportunity to meet and hear from the author of the success guide during a campus visit In the fall. The author hosts a variety of presentations and workshops, to engage with first year students and the campus community.

4. Scholarship
First year students have the opportunity to reflect on their Keker Common Experience by competing in an essay competition to demonstrate their personal growth and academic success throughout their first year. The winning essay will be incorporated in the future year’s success guide.