Learning Communities

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Learning communities are groups of learners who share common academic goals and work closely together in varying ways, whether it’s taking multiple courses together as a cohort, living in the same locations, or participating in the same general academic activities. Learning communities enable learners to take their learning beyond the classroom while building strong relationships with faculty and fellow students.

Students of disadvantaged backgrounds often lack the social and cultural capital to immerse into and benefit fully from university environments.
(Forsyth & Furlong, 2003)
Students in learning communities had higher grade point averages, earned more hours, and were more satisfied with their college experiences.
Baker, S., & Pomerantz, N. (2000)
Participating in a learning community is positively linked to engagement as well as student self-reported outcomes and overall satisfaction with college.
Zhao, C., Kuh, G.D. (2004).