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UNC-Chapel Hill believes all admitted students can thrive in college, graduate, and grow into lifelong learners.

Learn more about how we define success

What is Thrive@Education?

The Thrive@Education curriculum is a collection of new and long-standing courses for undergraduate students designed to help them be successful at Carolina and beyond. Courses are taught by Education faculty, Student and Academic Affairs and campus professionals, as well as talented doctoral students. There is no application process and courses are open to all undergraduate students.

The signature course is EDUC 101 First Year Thriving, an introductory course for first years on learning, development and well-being that connects to UNC resources. T@E also offers upper level undergraduate courses with in-depth extended content on learning (EDUC 150, 330, 387), well-being (EDUC 231) and emerging adulthood (EDUC 349). With key partners, we also offer a comprehensive career development sequence (EDUC 111, 211, 311, and 411) and specially designed courses to help students transfer (EDUC 301), engage (EDUC 230) and navigate transitions (EDUC 130, 320) at UNC-CH.

More courses are coming soon!

Goals

Promote UNC-CH undergraduate student success and well-being


Strengthen, deepen and systematize our School of Education engagement with the campus-wide efforts of Thrive@Carolina

Frequently Asked Questions

To flourish or prosper or succeed or grow vigorously. We believe that you must define what it means for you to thrive. We just hope to help you get there.
No. All majors are welcome and encouraged to take these courses.
No, at this time it is not mandatory that 101 be taken prior to other T@E courses.
Yes, 101 is only open for First-Year students, however there are many other T@E courses available to students of any year.
If you deeply engage in EDUC 101, you will learn and practice research informed strategies for deep learning. It will help you become more self-aware, and guide your decisions on where and how to engage aspects of UNC that align with your goals. EDUC 101 expands your definition of success past GPA, to overall well-being in relationships, meaning, purpose and more.
EDUC 101 is an academic course that exposes students to cutting edge learning and developmental science. It has exams and substantive written work. But it is designed to help you get off to a good start at UNC. If you do your part, we will be sure you learn, grow, and take full advantage of your experience in class and at UNC-CH.
Some do (e.g., 231, 387) and some are pending. One hour courses are not able to fulfill general education requirements at this time.
There are not any prerequisites for any courses, but EDUC 387 and 411 do have an application process or co-requisite. The course descriptions explain those fully.
Not really... However, some classes are better taken prior to others and designates as so (E.G., EDUC111 Career Exploration before EDUC211: Career Planning and Job Searching)
With your investment, you can thrive in your transition into and through UNC. T@E courses help you know how to study and learn more efficiently, match your developmental needs and interests to UNC opportunities, determine your purpose and meaning for major and career choices, build your own leadership or tutoring capacity, and more.
Dr. Patrick Akos and Rachel Winters are the main contacts for T@E. More information is under the Contacts tab.

Advisory Boards

Student Advisory Board

  • Larissa Burke

    Junior, Anthropology
  • Jack Decker

    First Year, Undecided
  • Ronald Harris, Jr.

    Senior, Psychology
  • Emily Hillard

    Junior, Education
  • Aliyah Jordan

    Junior, Exercise and Sports Science
  • Daniel Ligons

    Junior, Communications
  • Ashton Martin

    Sophomore, Political Science and Exercise and Sport Science
    Academic Affairs Chair, Undergraduate Student Government
  • Bonnie Opdyke

    Junior, Nutrition
  • Bekah Pounds

    Junior, Psychology
  • Olivia Smith

    Senior, Business Administration
  • Stacy Simmons

    Junior, Biology
  • Jacob Thomas

    Senior, Computer Science

Faculty/Staff Advisory Board

  • Cheryl Bolick

    Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Education Minor School of Education
  • Debbi Clarke

    Consultant to the Provost
  • Rudi Collored-Mansfeld

    Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Robert J. Duronio

    Professor; Director of the Integrative Program for Biological and Genome Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences/Medical School
  • Audrey Fulton

    Director of Advising and Undergraduate Student Engagement, School of Education

Contact

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Dr. Patrick Akos
Director of Thrive@Education

Contact for questions about the program or courses.

pta@unc.edu (919) 843-4758
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Rachel Winters
Administrative Support Specialist

Contact for registration or administrative issues.

rwinters@email.unc.edu (919) 962-6025

Why the Big T@E?

"...the existence of the big toe enables the normal walk and an ideal trajectory.." (Takemura et. al., 2003).

Much like what your big toe offers your foot and body, Thrive@Education (T@E) provides the stability and alignment you need for a balanced academic, co-curricular and personal life at Carolina. What you learn in Thrive@Education will help you better bear the weight of your course load, strengthen your ability to manage your daily lives, and feel more grounded in the foundation of who you are in order to propel forward. Most of all, we hope to see you THRIVE.

Takemura, H., Khiat, A., Iwama, H., Ueda, J., Matsumoto, Y., & Ogasawara, T. (2003, October). Study of the toes role in human walk by toe elimination and pressure measurement system. In Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2003. IEEE International Conference on (Vol. 3, pp. 2569-2574). IEEE.