Center for Collaboration and Development

Learning Communities & Retention

March 21, 2014
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
214/215 Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Learning Communities (LC's) and Retention - The vital Role USM Faculty Can Play

Join faculty and students from USM Learning Communities for lively discussions about:

  • What is a "Learning Community" and what are USM' Learning Communities already doing to improve student success and retention.
  • The benefits that your involvement in a learning community can mean for you, your students, and USM.
  • How to incorporate LC best practices into your classes or department to increase student success, satisfaction, and retention.
  • How new learning communities can benefit USM's commuter and part-time students.
  • What steps need to be taken to grow more LC's at USM to include more students and faculty.
  • Can USM become a Learning Communities-based university?

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Anne Love

Associate Provost, Wagner College, NY, and the Atlantic Center for Learning Communities

"The Learning Community [is] the structural and pedagogical innovation that may hold the greatest promise for improving first-year student academic performance and retention."
- John N. Gardner, Director, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

USM's Learning Communities' have higher student retention rates than USM's overall retention of 66%.Faculty and students involved in Learning Communities enjoy a higher level of satisfaction and success, and student retention is a proven outcome of faculty-involved Learning Communities.
Every 1% of USM students retained equals $650,000. 400 U.S. colleges and universities have Learning Communities (

The Learning Community format can be incorporated into any educational setting.


Learning Communities (LC's) and Retention - The vital Role USM Faculty can Play
March 21, 2014
Room 214-215 Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Morning refreshments and lunch provided.

Supported by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.



For additional information on this event, please contact Stephen Romanoff.