Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online)

Examining Student Perceptions of Benefits of Participating in Learning Communities at a Public Liberal Arts Institution
Francine Baron, Laura Sorge, Kym Acuña, Ed. D.

Abstract
A midsize public liberal arts university began a coordinated effort to make learning communities available to freshman in the Fall of 2016. The purpose of our research study was to explore the students’ perceptions of the benefits they received by participating in these learning communities. Our goal in conducting this research was to better understand students’ impressions of their experiences and then share those findings with the wider university community. While there are many types of assessments that can measure the effectiveness of teach communities, this study specifically focused on what the students’ reported. Researchers hope that the results of the study will be useful for the university as they look to grow and further develop learning community courses.

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