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?
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 (http://www.evergreen.edu/washingtoncenter/lcdirectory/index.html)
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
Supported by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For additional information on this event, please contact Stephen Romanoff.