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In the Honors College, we know that student success depends on membership in a supportive community where students feel empowered to achieve their personal and academic goals. While students will find that community in the courses that they take and in the broader makeup of the college, we care about helping first-year students to connect with likeminded peers from the first day of their Northern Kentucky University journey. Honors College Student Success Teams are made up of fewer than 10 students per team, and each team member shares a common interest that they identified on their Honors College application. Each team is then assigned a leader who has already completed their first year in honors and who has knowledge about that common interest or purpose, and with the leader’s guidance, students will be able to hit the ground running to get the most out of their NKU and Honors College experience.

Student Success Teams assist first year students with their transition to college by connecting them with responsive student-leaders who can offer a listening ear, connect them with resources, show them opportunities for engagement, and more. After the first year, students can then apply to give back to the Honors College community – and develop their own leadership skills – by taking on the Team Leader role for the next generation of Honors College students. Success teams provide a “home base” for students where they can ask questions, learn how to get involved, make friends, share experiences, solve problems, socialize, and initiate projects or activities within the Honors College.

Beyond these benefits, Student Success Teams will also provide students with a broader context for thinking about their learning in HNR 101 and HNR 102. In honors, we believe that learning outside the classroom matters as much as learning inside the classroom, and we believe that experiences outside the classroom enhance and shape our academic perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to process their Success Team experiences in reflective writing that they complete in first year courses; integration that is critical to the rich, engaged, intellectual experience that the Honors College offers.