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Learning Communities

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Learning Communities


What Exactly is a Learning Community?

Imagine a group of like-minded students, all enrolled in the same classes and connected by a common theme. In these communities, faculty and students come together to explore different subjects, build valuable connections, and expand their understanding of diverse perspectives. Collaborative and experiential learning take center stage, enhancing the overall educational experience.

Discover the Power of Learning Communities

Research conducted by the National Resource Center for Learning Communities has shown that participating in a learning community can lead to higher grades, faster friendships, and increased graduation rates.

By being part of a learning community, both faculty and students embark on a journey of discovery together. This closer connection allows for successful learning strategies to be developed collaboratively, resulting in improved academic performance. Students benefit from increased comfort in seeking guidance from faculty, which leads to a deeper understanding of the subject matter. With these communities, students have the chance to hone their skills, gain confidence in exploring complex issues, and develop critical thinking abilities.

To learn more about Learning Communities, speak to your academic advisor or contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Last Updated: 4/8/24