Open Access Graduate Research Paper
College students--Social conditions; College students--Housing; Residence and education--United States;
Higher education administrators have been challenged with creating optimal learning and developmental environments, and have identified residence halls as one area on college campuses that can be used as a tool in promoting learning. In order to be more purposeful in creating learning environments, housing administrators have created residential learning communities. The communities discussed in this paper have centered around freshmen interest groups, academic areas and majors, and common interests. The majority of information available to this point has been very positive. However, more information is needed before it is certain that the communities are worth the money that institutions are spending to implement the communities.
The question remains: Are residential learning communities here to stay? I believe that Cross (1998) said it best when she answered her own question about the future of learning communities. She said, "the current wave of interest in learning communities is not, I think, just nostalgia for the human touch, or just about the efficacy of small-group learning, but a fundamental revolution."
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Carolyn R. Bair
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©2000 Kris Franzen
Franzen, Kris, "Residential learning communities : what are they? why do we have them? are they here to stay?" (2000). Graduate Research Papers. 661.