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Leibowitz, Justin B.; Lovitt, Charity Flener; Seager, Craig S. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
This study examines how to investigate traditionally underrepresented students' sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and academic engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) residential learning communities (RLCs). A 28-item survey was developed that included items from three previously validated instruments to measure…
Descriptors: Test Construction, STEM Education, Student Participation, Self Efficacy
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Dahl, Laura S.; Duran, Antonio; Hooten, Zachary J.; Stipeck, Christopher J.; Youngerman, Ethan – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Residential learning communities (RLCs) are a subset of living-learning programs (LLPs) where students live together based on a theme and are simultaneously enrolled together in at least one course related to that theme. Yet little research has focused on differentiating RLCs from those LLPs without a connected course. Using existing data from the…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Communities of Practice, Cooperative Learning, College Curriculum
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Gebauer, Richie; Wade, Mary Ellen; Muller, Tina; Kramer, Samantha; Leary, Margaret; Sopper, John – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Lardner and Malnarich (2009) identify learning communities as an educational reform strategy designed for intentional student cohorts that engage students in at least one integrative learning opportunity. Colleges and universities are aware that robust educational programs exist on their campuses, yet institutions must identify strategies to help…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, College Curriculum, Extracurricular Activities, Student Experience
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Eidum, Jennifer; Lomicka, Lara; Chiang, Warren; Endick, Ghada; Stratton, Jill – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Our research presents a multi-institutional study on the concept of thriving in Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). The study utilizes the Thriving Quotient (Schreiner, 2010c) to research how RLCs at four U.S. institutions contribute to students' academic engagement and performance, interpersonal relationships, and psychological well-being.…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, Residential Programs, Communities of Practice, Outcomes of Education
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Wolaver, Amy M.; Finley, Kelly – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Using the National Survey of Student Engagement and multivariate regression techniques, we examine the impact of a first-year residential learning community (RLC) at a predominately White small liberal arts institution. This program disproportionately attracts students of color, providing structural diversity. We include measures of students'…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Living Learning Centers, Learner Engagement, Student Participation
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Hurtado, Sarah S.; Gonyea, Robert M.; Graham, Polly A.; Fosnacht, Kevin – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Residential learning communities (RLCs) are residence hall environments designed to deliver academic and social benefits. For decades, many have argued RLCs are an effective means for increasing student success. Yet substantial changes in the defining characteristics of campus housing and student diversity have led to new questions about the…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, Residential Programs, Learner Engagement, Dormitories
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Sriram, Rishi; Haynes, Cliff; Weintraub, Susan D.; Cheatle, Joseph; Marquart, Christopher P. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
In this article, we discuss the influence of demographic characteristics upon students' deeper life interactions with peers, faculty, and staff within the context of residential learning communities. When examining student demographic characteristics, we found that Students of Color and first-generation students have lower satisfaction with deeper…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Residential Programs, Living Learning Centers
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Sommers, Jayne K.; Reile, Lucy; Henry, Grant; Thomas, Jennifer – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Scholarship on students who enter college without a declared major indicates that this population of students faces unique challenges (Anderson, 1985; Beal & Noel, 1980; Lewallen, 1993), but also may be more likely to persist to graduation and earn higher grades than those who enter college with a declared major (Lewallen, 1995). Based on…
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Majors (Students), Residential Programs, Living Learning Centers
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Fair, Justin; Burkett, Dan; Smith-Sherwood, Dawn; Dennison, Sondra; Teng, Li – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
This article details the development of Living-Learning Community Certificate Programs (LLC-CPs) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Based on the Best Practices Model for living-learning programs proposed by Inkelas et al. (2018), LLC-CPs will engage cohorts of students in a four-semester sequence of intentionally integrated courses and…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, College Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Residential Programs
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Bowers, Maureen E.; Tobin, Leah K.; Lee, Jessica; Skendall, Kristan C.; Coale, Frank J. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Gemstone seeks to develop students' research and collaboration skills, foster leadership opportunities, and provide a sense of belonging on a large campus utilizing the Best Practices Model (BPM) and a variety of high impact practices (HIPs), like a Gemstone-specific orientation program called Gems Camp. While studies have demonstrated that LLCs…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Communities of Practice, Skill Development, Research Skills
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Genareo, Vincent R.; Meyer, Amber; Burgess, Claudia R.; Soto Ramirez, Nina – Learning Communities Research and Practice, 2021
In 2019, [Sunny] (City, State) was awarded a federal College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grant designed to provide necessary support for the first-year success of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their direct families. This article describes programming of the CAMP grant, focusing on how it functions as a learning community through its…
Descriptors: College Programs, Migrant Programs, Migrants, College Freshmen
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Farrelly, Denise – Learning Communities Research and Practice, 2021
Maintaining a learning community's status as a high-impact practice involves understanding the factors that contribute to their effectiveness in increasing retention, engagement, and overall academic success. By creating diverse small groups in which students are encouraged to support one another academically, both during and outside of class, the…
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, COVID-19, Pandemics, Distance Education
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Ericksen, Kirsten S.; Eason, Angel L.; Thomas, Kathleen S.; Jenkins, Vanessa C.; Simmons, Shana D. – Learning Communities Research and Practice, 2021
This manuscript discusses the creation of online strategies to support belonging while de-stressing for learning community student participants during the compounded stress of the world epidemic of COVID-19 and final exams. De-stress techniques were implemented via Instagram Live and were presented and facilitated as an easily accessible activity…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Stress Management
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Wagnon, Amber E.; Hubbard, Keith – Learning Communities Research and Practice, 2021
The National Science Foundation projects that the United States could see over 2 million unfilled STEM jobs in 2025 (National Science Foundation, 2018). At Redacted University for Review faculty from the STEM fields have undertaken the Science and Mathematics Attraction, Retention, and Training for Texas (SMART Texas) project, a National Science…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Residential Programs, Communities of Practice, Program Effectiveness
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Kramlich, Deborah J.; Cunliff, Ed; Sathe, Laurie Anderson; Zakrzewski, Tes C.; Romano, Alessandra; Longmore, Anne-Liisa; Brunstein, Jannette; Marsick, Victoria – Learning Communities Research and Practice, 2021
Research around learning community models often shows a structured and defined model to follow with the underlying assumption being if the steps are followed, the results will come. The model we offer in this paper is rather counter-cultural as it was not a specific process or practice we followed; rather, we found ourselves in a highly engaging,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Ecology, Inclusion, Models
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