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A learning community is two or more linked courses connected by a common theme or purpose. Learning communities can benefit student populations ranging from developmental to honors level. The possibilities are limitless, but here are some ideas:
Benefits for students include:
Benefits for faculty include:
The degree and type of coordination will vary depending upon the subjects and the student population. Coordination may include any or all of the following:
Research done at a variety of institutions nationwide has yielded similar results: students who participate in learning communities have higher GPAs and higher success and retention rates. They are also more likely to form study groups and interact with faculty and classmates outside of class time. Data from Grossmont College's Project Success Learning Communities Program in 2002 revealed the following:
Contact Lisa Brewster, Basic Skills Coordinator, at 619-388-7701, to learn more and discuss your ideas.