The Indigenous Academic Success Cohort (IASC) is an opportunity for Indigenous students to take their first year of university classes in a supportive Indigenized environment. Students from other programs may also apply and register for the program.
Courses in the program will weave together strategies for achieving academic success with Indigenous history, culture and knowledge. Elders will be invited into the classrooms, and students will go on field trips to learn more about Indigenous world views, the importance of place and sense of self.
In addition to the support of the IASC program coordinator and Elders, the Indigenous Student Centre is available as a friendly mentoring environment where students can get assistance, advice and resources.
This cohort initiative allows groups of students to work at the same time on similar courses. Each semester, students will take three core courses together and then choose one or two electives.
Why would I want to take this program?
The program is designed to provide support as students begin university studies, and it also broadens understanding of Indigenous culture and history.
How will I use what I learn from this cohort for after completion?
This cohort initiative is intended to support students as they begin larger programs of study, so they will have a better chance of success in their programs.
Are there any entrance requirements?
The IASC has the same as the institutional program entrance requirements. Contact ArtsComAssist@ufv.ca for more info.
Can students use the credits from the IASC towards other programs (i.e. Can they use the credits towards their BA)?
Yes, the credits for the courses can be used in the BA and in other programs.
What are the application steps?
Students can indicate their interest in applying for the Indigenous Academic Success Cohort by submitting this form.
Is there an application deadline?
There is no application deadline.
Do students receive a certificate of some sort when they graduate from the program?
Yes, students will receive a completion certificate in addition to receiving credit for all successfully completed courses.
Please contact ArtsComAssist@ufv.ca.