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Comerica Scholars Program Components

Year One:

  • Introduce students to the university experience through the Comerica Scholars Learning Community curriculum (First-Year Seminar: FYS 1010; American Government: PS 1010; Introduction to Communications: COM 1010).  Each course fulfills a general education requirement or emphasizes academic success strategies needed for university level courses.
  • Students are paired with high-performing upperclassmen who serve as peer mentors.
  • A designated academic advisor works with the Scholars throughout the first two years. Having an academic advisor knowledgeable about the components and requirements for the learning community aids the students in developing customized plans of work and learning plans. Additionally, the advisor provides valuable input regarding program curriculum.
  • Encourage students to participate in leadership projects and student organizations.
  • Assist students in developing academic relationships with faculty and staff.


 

Year Two:

  • Integrate career development into the learning community curriculum. The career seminar course guides students in critical decision-making and major choices throughout their second year.
  • A designated academic advisor works with the Scholars throughout the first two years.
  • Encourage students to participate in leadership projects and student organizations.
  • Assist students in developing academic relationships with faculty and staff.
  • Assist students in preparing a portfolio by offering workshops that assist with development of a resume and both an e-portfolio and traditional portfolio. These records will be developed in stages as Scholars progress toward their senior year. At this stage in the program students should have a portfolio with a resume and supporting documents of their academic and extracurricular successes.
  • Introduce students to study abroad opportunities.


 

Year Three:

  • Support development of portfolios with focus on letters of recommendation, references and building networks. Scholars are encouraged to seek out leadership opportunities to serve as peer mentors, supplemental instruction leaders, tutors and representatives for various student organizations.
  • Assist Scholars in preparing for graduate school entrance examinations, graduate programs, and career paths.


 

Year Four:

  • Scholars will enhance portfolios with autobiographical sketches, finalized resumes, and other supporting documents. By this time portfolios will also reflect interactions with faculty, academic challenges, educational experiences, involvement with other students, and perceptions of the program.
  • Build on the first three years by offering culminating experiences that will include internships and leadership opportunities to assist and guide incoming Comerica Scholars as peer mentors.
  • Strengthen interviewing and other professional skills to help students transition into graduate schools and/or professions.


 

To learn more about the Comerica Scholars Learning Community,

please contact Joseph Bradfield at 313-577-9003 or an5933@wayne.edu.