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UNO Academic Learning Communities

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by Melissa Berke on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of UNO Academic Learning Communities

UNO Academic Learning Communities
Why academic learning communities?
In light of national, regional, and local priorities and pressures, current levels of student retention and persistence are unacceptable.

New changes in the organization of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs have laid the foundation to build strategies to increase student success.


What is an
Academic Learning Community?

Academic Learning Communities
employ high-impact practices
Intentional links between courses
Instruction teams & Faculty development
Students Collaborate and learn
Engaging Pedagogy
Service learning
Seminars
Undergraduate research
Integrated experiences & assignments

PROCESS FOR FORMING AN ACADEMIC LEARNING COMMUNITY
An institutional strategy designed to enhance student success.

Groups of students with shared academic interest or experience who live together where possible, learn through at least one shared class, connect to students/peer mentors & faculty through exclusive activities and events.

Building on successful models
Using existing programs that have enhanced student success (TLC and Goodrich) should more easily facilitate the development of other Academic Learning Communities.
Data supports increased student success
OVERALL STUDENT RETENTION=67%

RETENTION RATES for students in
Existing Learning Communities
Goodrich=90%
Honors=90%
Thompson Learning=90%

RETENTION RATES for students not in a LEARNING COMMUNITY=62%


Thematically
Wellness

Campus Priorities
Sustainability, Early Childhood, STEM

By Major
Music Majors

Pre-Professional Groups
Future Business Leaders
Submit your application!
Be specific about your target first-year student population
Be specific about the learning goals/student outcomes
If you have questions, please ask!

Keep these common characteristics in mind!
Designed for first-year students
Have at least one share course
Typically include a general education component
Should last at least 1 year (preference for 2-year program)
There must be interaction across team members
Must employ one or more high-impact learning practices

Academic Learning Communities can
be organized in many different ways
Faculty Support for Academic Learning Communities
Training: November 14
Campus/Faculty/Staff Resources that can provide expertise
Logistical support for scheduling, marketing, recruitment, and advising
Professional Development Money
SAMPLE
ACADEMIC LEARNING COMMUNITY
APPLICATION
WE'RE HERE TO HELP!
QUESTIONS??????

http://www.unomaha.edu/learningcommunities/index.php
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