The IUP Living-Learning Executive Team—Mimi Benjamin, Dan Burkett, Justin Fair, Sondra Dennison, Dawn Smith-Sherwood, and Li Teng—attended the Conference on Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice, taking place June 16–17 at Elon University
in North Carolina.
The team also presented a session titled, “An Enhanced Approach to Living and Learning at IUP: Living-Learning Community Certificate Programs.”
The Conference on Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice was hosted by Elon University Center for Engaged Learning. This conference featured multi-institutional research conducted through their three-year research seminar, which focused
specifically on examining undergraduate residential learning communities.
The LLET attended with delegates from across the United Stated and around the world. They joined in culminating conversations about projects regarding how institutions might promote effective organizational structure to support residential learning communities,
how to scale up access to such communities, and how residential learning communities shape and are shaped by institutional culture. Additionally, the team was able to share the model for the IUP Living-Learning Community Certificate Program, which
will be piloting beginning fall 2020.
The LLC-CP is a new initiative in which students form a cohort by completing four courses linked sequentially over their first four semesters and living together in designated residential communities. While enrolled in the same sections of certificate
program courses, they engage in both extra- and cocurricular community-building activities designed to support each certificate’s learning outcomes.
For more information about this program, please feel free to contact LLET members.
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