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ERIC Number: ED569218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
Living-Learning Communities and Independent Higher Education. Innovations in Teaching and Learning. Research Brief 4
Katz, Philip M.
Council of Independent Colleges
Living-learning communities combine curricular, co-curricular, and residential components of college life. They are a relatively new variation on the residential education that has been part of the undergraduate experience at America's independent colleges and universities for centuries. Research suggests that living-learning communities have a positive impact on academic performance, intellectual development, civic engagement, and the smooth transition of first-year students into college life, among other desirable student outcomes. Challenges to developing and maintaining effective living-learning programs include difficulties related to assessment, faculty participation, collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs, and program costs. Independent colleges and universities have developed living-learning communities for a wide range of student populations--first-year students, first-generation students, upper-class students with specific academic interests, even commuters--in a variety of residential settings from traditional dorms to yurts. [This brief was prepared by the CIC Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education; Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF)
Authoring Institution: Council of Independent Colleges
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Massachusetts; Michigan; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Texas