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Honors Education at Southwest is an academic community of highly motivated students and distinguished faculty who value intellectual inquiry and creative approaches to teaching and learning. Honors designated courses are smaller, more interactive, innovative, and student-centered. By the end of the program, students not only graduate with an honors designation on their diploma, but with a strong professional network and a person definition of success that will motivate them to succeed long after graduation. For more information visit our honors program page.

Learning Communities at Southwest involve co-enrollment of students in two classes per semester. The curricula of these courses are intentionally linked through faculty collaboration. Participants in these programs are given the opportunity to participate in a minimum of four high impact practices throughout four consecutive semesters that culminate in a capstone project or Study Abroad Program. .

Mindset are our beliefs and perceptions about learning. They shape how we interpret difficulty, and research shows they are critical predictors of academic performance, persistence, and motivations. At Southwest, we aim to investigate not only our own mindsets but also to investigate and discuss the ways that our mindsets (faculty and staff) impact the mindsets of our students to employ simple strategies to improve student mindsets in the classroom and at the college, more generally.

Professional Advising at Southwest is an essential key to academic success, retention, and graduation. Professional advisors help students select classes and degree plans, which put students on the path to success. For more information visit our advising page.

Certifications are identifiers that a student has completed a qualification for an industry or a particular skill area. Certifications refer to credit-bearing courses that curricularly enable a student to take an assessment leading to industry-recognized certification.

First Year Seminars /Experience at Southwest is designed to attract and retain Southwest students by providing wrap-around support and experiences of first-year students by introducing them to essential skills for college success and fosters a sense of belonging through a supportive campus community of faculty, staff, and peers. ACAD 1100 Academic Success Seminar, soon to be rebranded Salqui Success Seminar, is a college-level course that counts for three credit hours. It functions as a continuation of the new student orientation provided by the Advising office and acquaints students with the habits not only of the successful college student in general, but also of the successful Southwest student in particular.

The Saluqi Success Pathway or SSP is an innovative program comprised of supportive faculty and staff who helpTennessee Promisetransition into college life and access all of the resources available to them at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Students who participate in SSP engage more fully throughout their college experience through technology, enriching activities and the SSP Hub. . For more information visit our SSP page.

Service Learning at Southwest is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service-learning designated courses are incorporated into general education and college core classes for many degree programs. For more information visit our service learning page.

Study Abroad at Southwest is a credit-bearing experience incorporated into general education or college core requirements for a certificate/degree program. Curriculum includes field-based “experiential learning” in locations outside the U.S. with an emphasis on inter-cultural understanding and communication. Students apply what they are learning in a real-world setting and reflect on their experiences abroad as part of the course requirements. For more information visit our study abroad page.

Technology Enhanced Learning are instructional practices that leverage digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Digital technology is any electronic tool, system, device or resource that facilitates learning and improves student performance. Technology enhanced learning at Southwest includes, but are not limited to, e-portfolios, social media, online games, virtual, augmented, and mixed realities, and mobile devices.

Undergraduate Research at Southwest is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual, scholarly activity, or creative contribution to the discipline and for which the student receives academic credit either through a course or independent study.

Work - Based Learning at Southwest represents credit-bearing experience that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships, practicums, clinicals, co-ops and similar experiences, integrated with a class or related to a major field of study (NACE, 2011).