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ERIC Number: ED548276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Residential Learning Communities. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
Residential learning communities in postsecondary education, also known as living-learning programs, aim to improve student learning and success by integrating students' academic and daily living environments. Students participating in these programs live together (usually in a residential dormitory), take certain classes together, and engage in structured co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The goal is to create deep social and academic connections that serve to both enhance learning and increase student success. The WWC identified eight studies of residential learning communities in postsecondary education that were published or released between 1999 and 2012, none of which both fall within the scope of the Developmental Students in Postsecondary Education topic area and meet WWC group design standards. Because no studies meet WWC group design standards at this time, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of these programs for students in postsecondary developmental education. Additional research is needed to determine the impacts of residential learning communities on this student population.
What Works Clearinghouse. P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes