Living-Learning Communities That Work
A Research-Based Model for Design, Delivery, and Assessment

Foreword by Jillian Kinzie
Afterword by Jon Dooley, Peter Felten
Paper: 978 1 62036 601 1 / $35.00
Published: June 2018  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 600 4 / $95.00
Published: June 2018  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 602 8 / $95.00  
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Published: June 2018  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 603 5 / $27.99
Published: June 2018  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
180 pp., 6" x 9"
16 figures, 4 tables
Co-published with ACUHO-I

In 2007, the American Association of Colleges and Universities named learning communities a high-impact practice because of the potential of these communities to provide coherence to and ultimately improve undergraduate education. Institutional leaders have demonstrated a commitment to providing LLCs, but they currently do so primarily with anecdotal information to guide their work. As a result, there is substantial variation in organizational structure, collaboration, academic and social environments, programmatic integration, student outcomes, and overall quality related to LLC participation.

To establish a stronger, more unified basis for designing and delivering effective LLCs, the authors of Living-Learning Communities that Work collaborated on the development of a comprehensive empirical framework for achieving the integrating potential of LLCs. This framework is designed to help practitioners guide the design, delivery, and assessment of LLCs.

This book thoughtfully combines research and field-tested practice to document the essential components for best practices in living learning communities and presents them as a clear blueprint –the LLC best practices model – for LLC design.

Practitioners, researchers, and institutional leaders can use the book as a guide to more effectively allocate resources to create and sustain LLCs and to realize the potential of these communities to improve undergraduate education.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Jillian Kinzie

1) Introduction to Living-Learning Communities
2) Best Practices Model for Living-Learning Communities
3) Building the Infrastructure for Living-Learning Communities That Work
4) Academic Environment: Intellectual Hub of the Program
5) Cocurricular Environment: Reinforcing Goals and Objectives
6) The Pinnacle and Mortar of the Pyramid: The Final, Yet Crucial, Components
7) Logistics and Costs of Living-Learning Communities
8) Sustainability and Concluding Thoughts

Afterword by Jon Dooley and Peter Felten
About the Authors

Chapter 1

Reviews & Endorsements:
“This book provides a comprehensive model for the design, administration, and assessment of inclusive living-learning communities (LLCs). It is a must-read for faculty, residence life staff, and others who want to initiate or revitalize LLCs on their campus.”
- Matthew J. Mayhew, Ph.D., William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration , The Ohio State University
"This book is the most comprehensive examination of the research and best practices of living-learning communities available today. It is a must-read for anyone interested in structuring the peer environment in college residence halls to advance student learning."
- Gregory Blimling, Ph.D. , Professor (retired), College Student Affairs Program, Rutgers University Graduate School of Education