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Learning Communities

What are Learning Communities?

Learning communities (LCs) are sets of linked courses, usually exploring a common major or initiative. All first-time freshmen choose a learning community and enroll in all the linked courses for that LC. By linking together students, faculty, and courses, learning communities create more opportunities for enrichment, interaction, and exploration. Learning communities may include co-curricular activities, service learning opportunities, or other non-traditional educational experiences. Some, referred to as Living-Learning Communities (LLCs), include a residential dimension, with students (and sometimes faculty) living together and having at least some portion of their instruction in residence halls.

LCs have become increasingly common in colleges and universities across the United States. Learning communities have been shown to have a number of benefits for students:

  • Higher level of student engagement in learning
  • Increased academic achievement
  • Increased retention

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