What is a FLEX?
FLEX stands for Freshman La Verne Experience, and are Learning Communities that introduce incoming freshmen into The La Verne Experience by having the same group of students take two courses together during the fall semester. They provide a coherent educational experience for students who share similar interests and include learning inside and outside the classroom.
Why does La Verne have FLEX Learning Communities?
Learning in communities intensifies the academic experience, increases GPA, fosters faculty-student interaction, and provides students a built-in set of friends for a lifetime.
What is The La Verne Experience?
The La Verne Experience is a set of shared curricular, co-curricular, and community engagement activities for all University of La Verne students—in undergraduate and graduate programs, on the La Verne and regional campuses, and whether they are traditional-age undergraduates or adult learners. The La Verne Experience “In A Nutshell” can be read HERE.
Who teaches in the FLEX program?
All discipline classes are taught by full-time faculty who have collaborated to ensure common interests and extracurricular activities that complement the courses they teach.
Can I select any FLEX?
You should select a FLEX Learning Community that corresponds with your chosen (or considered) major. If you are undecided, select a FLEX that will help you explore options. Review our FLEX Offerings section.
Is there any extra cost associated with being in a FLEX?
There are NO extra costs associated with a FLEX Learning Community beyond the standard tuition & fees & cost of books that are typical of a college budget. Extra-curricular activities will be free, including any transportation or event ticket fees. The university supports FLEX Learning Community curricular and co-curricular goals to help you succeed.
How much time will participation in a FLEX take?
Your participation in FLEX Learning Communities requires all the rigor of a college education—count on two hours of homework for every hour in class. But also count on outside activities such as study groups, social events, and service learning opportunities. Being part of a community of scholars takes time, but so does being active and involved on campus.
What requirements will these courses satisfy?
Individual FLEX courses will grant you subject credit in general education (GE) breadth requirements and writing, and in some cases earn major credit.
How many semester hours is each FLEX?
Each block of courses in any given FLEX must be taken together; two courses typically total of 8-10 semester hours (some have fewer units). You will complete your registration by selecting a third and fourth course (2-4 semester hours each) outside your FLEX. You should aim for at least 12 semester hours to maintain a minimum full-time standing, but not exceed 18 semester hours to remain inside the tuition flat rate fee.
I am in the Honors Program, do I have to select a FLEX Learning Community?
Yes! Honors students should select a FLEX of their choice, but instead of Writing they will enroll in a section of Honors 101.
When will I register for my chosen FLEX?
You’ll be preregistered in a FLEX prior to attending SOAR. You will be asked to complete your registration at SOAR by selecting a third and fourth course (usually writing, math, general education, or electives). It’s that simple.
Q. Can I pick and choose specific courses to build my own Learning Community?
No, you will need to select a FLEX Learning Community from the list that has been carefully developed by faculty. We ask that you keep an open mind as you enroll in courses that you might not have selected otherwise. However, you will have some choice in selecting the third and fourth course. All freshman accounts are restricted with Dean’s Holds (or SOAR Holds) to prevent changes to course schedules without consultation with an academic advisor. See below.
If I changed my mind about my major, can I change my FLEX?
Yes, if you are within the add/drop period (the first seven work days of the fall semester; see Registrar’s academic calendar) you may change to another FLEX Learning Community as long as there are spaces. You MUST drop ALL the courses associated with the “old” FLEX and register for ALL the courses associated with the “new” FLEX. The Academic Advising Office in Woody Hall will need to approve any changes to your registration.
Why is there a “hold” on my account & can I add/drop/change the third or fourth course, not part of FLEX, on my own via MyLaVerne?
No, all changes to your freshman fall schedule will need to be done in consultation with our office. A Dean’s Hold (possibly a SOAR Hold) is placed in all freshman accounts to prevent individual students from changing classes in their schedule without consultation with an academic advisor. The Academic Advising Office in Woody Hall can assist in making any changes to your registration during the summer and “add/drop” period (the first seven work days of the fall semester).
It’s the first week of classes, can I drop a single course in my FLEX?
No, you MUST drop the entire FLEX Learning Community block during the “add/drop” period (the first seven work days of the fall semester; see Registrar’s academic calendar). Please keep an open mind and give individual courses in your Learning Community a sustained and fair chance before withdrawing from individual courses. Be mindful of Registrar deadlines and fees, and how withdrawing will impact any financial aid you might have or will receive. The Academic Advising Office in Woody Hall will need to approve any changes to your registration.
It’s beyond the add/drop period, can I withdraw from a single course?
Yes, you can withdraw from a single Learning Community course after the sixth week of the semester (within the withdrawal period, resulting in a mark of “W” on the record). Be mindful of Registrar deadlines and how withdrawing will impact any financial aid you might have or will receive. The Academic Advising Office in Woody Hall will need to approve any changes to your registration prior to the sixth week of the semester.