ERIC Number: EJ1177337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
"The Help I Didn't Know I Needed": How a Living-Learning Program "FITS" into the First-Year Experience
Mach, Kane P.; Gordon, Sarah R.; Tearney, Katie; McClinton, Leon, Jr.
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v44 n2 p10-27 2018
Living-learning programs (LLPs) can have a positive influence on student success. The purpose of this study is to provide an example of an LLP that effectively involves faculty and college academic staff as well as to understand student experiences in the LLP related to personal, professional, and academic growth. The LLP at the focus of this study--Freshmen in Transition--includes approximately 100 students every year. Quantitative and qualitative data from this study demonstrate a thriving, supportive, and effective partnership between academic and student affairs representatives through this LLP. Data also support previous research findings that students involved in LLPs have higher retention rates and report being more involved on campus. Findings also revealed that, due to faculty commitment to the program, students in this LLP were more comfortable interacting with faculty and their advisors. Finally, students in this study reported that being involved in the LLP had a positive influence on their professional skills development, major selection, and career choices, an area not well explored in other LLP research.
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, College Freshmen, Student Experience, Program Effectiveness, Student Development, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, Student Leadership, Student School Relationship, Career Development, Focus Groups
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