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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

Learning Communities

"The key goals for learning communities are to encourage integration of learning across courses and to involve students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses as a group and work closely with one another and with their professors. Many learning communities explore a common topic and/or common readings through the lenses of different disciplines. Some deliberately link “liberal arts” and “professional courses”; others feature service learning."  --George D. Kuh


Thinking of developing a Learning Community course(s)? Learning Community development and implementation requires dean approval. Please see this document for full development and implementation details and requirements.

Supporting Research

              Fink, John E. and Mary L. Hummel. "With Educational Benefits for All: Campus Inclusion through Learning Communities Designed for Underserved                                            Student Populations." New Directions for Student Services, vol. 2015, no. 149, Spring2015, pp. 29-40. EBSCOhost

             Gansemer-Topf, Ann M. and Kari Tietjen. "Assessing the 'Learning' in Learning Communities." New Directions for Student Services, vol. 2015, no.                                                 149, Spring2015, pp. 79-89. EBSCOhost

Watch this space!

More info coming...

HIPs Faculty Specialists are peer experts who are ready to assist fellow faculty to implement or improve high impact practices.

Have general HIPs questions? Contact: 

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