Learning Communities are groups of 20-25 students taking 2-3 courses together. The program is for randomly selected, new freshmen, who have ACT comp scores of 19 or higher and are eligible for English 1010 and/or History 2010. The goals of the program are to improve retention rates of students and help them connect with other students, faculty and the university by fostering a sense of a small community within the larger university community.
Assessment results: The university retained 69 of 75 students from fall 2004 to spring 2005. From spring 2005 to fall 2005, the university retained 62 of 75 students.
Results from the assessments will be discussed by the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, the Learning Communities faculty and the Coordinator to address positive and negative aspects of the program. Recommendations of action to be taken to improve negative aspects will be discussed and implemented prior to the next fall semester. Examples of use of the results will be available after this year.
Note: The above outcomes and assessment methods have recently been formed. Informal assessment during the first two years of the program led to reducing the number of courses in two communities to two and to the random selection of students in learning community courses.