ERIC Number: ED416757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
A Model for an Integrated Learning Community.
Van Sickle, Shaila; Mehs, Doreen
Fort Lewis College (Colorado) developed a 17 credit, multidisciplinary learning program for first-time freshmen. The Integrated Learning Program (ILP) meets several of the college's general education requirements, is issue-oriented, and is taught by a team of five faculty members. The goals of the program include getting students to learn how to learn, to see and seek connections between disciplines, and to work together collaboratively. The ILP program, which is limited to 50 students, includes a five-day field trip to the Grand Canyon to explore its history, geology, environmental issues, and park management issues. This program has been strongly supported by the administration and has been integrated into the college's course offerings. Some modifications that have been made include fewer reading requirements and fewer extracurricular components. Evaluation efforts have included comparisons of grade point average and retention of students in the ILP program with a matched sample of college freshmen not enrolled in the program. Studies suggest that the students are very satisfied with the course, and do better in subsequent courses than do nonparticipating students, and are also more likely to stay in college. Program evaluation questionnaire responses were obtained from 38 of the 96 students enrolled during the 1992 and 1993 academic years. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Fort Lewis Coll., Durango, CO.