Belk College Business Learning Community

Belk College Business Learning Community


Living. Learning. Succeeding.

“Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.” -Gary Ryan Blair

The Belk College Business Learning Community (BLC) is a one-year program designed to inspire academic success among diverse students who may feel challenged by the transition from high school to college. BLC students live on campus together, enroll in common courses, and participate in business-related extra-curricular and career-development activities. BLC students support one another by forming strong study partnerships and developing exceptional friendships.

At the Belk College of Business, we believe that going the extra mile provides students with the competitive edge needed to be successful in today’s business environment. The BLC is a distinct approach to learning that inspires students to become active in their own educational experiences, to truly become a “community of learners.” Students in the BLC interact closely with their peers, faculty, and staff to create the ultimate college experience: the opportunity to take their learning beyond the classroom and apply it in a practical sense to the business world.


BLC Philosophy

Amazing achievements happen when students and faculty develop a strong academic relationship both inside and outside the context of a classroom. Learning has no boundaries, and it is in this environment that a seamless understanding of key concepts can be examined and directly applied to everyday situations. It has been shown that fostering this type of relationship with students provides a springboard for curiosity and the desire to acquire knowledge. Students feel comfortable asking questions and participating in class because they know their instructor intimately.

Classes are kept small so instructors have adequate time to offer more individualized attention and to facilitate group discussions that are more meaningful to the participants. When class ends, the learning continues in the form of on campus speakers, special group projects and activities at the residence hall, as well as fieldtrips to the surrounding business community.