Research & Practice Journal
As one chapter closes, another begins. The first issue of Learning Community Research and Practice was published in 2013 - a time when there wasn’t a scholarly outlet focused on learning communities. Over the past nine years, the journal has created a welcoming space for learning community practitioners to share their knowledge with the widest audience possible, on a peer-reviewed, open-source platform. It is with deep gratitude to these practitioners that we now retire the journal and turn our attention to advancing learning communities through new endeavors.
The journal would not have been without the incredible dedication of Emily Lardner (Co-Founder and Editor) and Gillies Malnarich (Co-Founder and Editor), Janine Graziano and Gabrielle Kahn (Co-Editors), Lynn Dunlap (Copy Editor) and an amazing Peer Review Board. The Washington Center would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who have contributed their intellectual and creative labor throughout the years. And, of course, a very special thank you to all the authors who put in the time to share their work with a worldwide audience.
Over the course of nine years, the journal has reached individuals at 3,095 different institutions, across 170 different countries. Articles from the journal have been downloaded over 62,000 times and have been referenced over 1,500 times. It has provided an invaluable space for practitioners not only to share their work but also to stay connected with the work of learning communities happening around the country.
The last issue of the journal will be published in Fall 2021 and will include a retrospective of the journal learning community work over the past nine years from the co-founder and past Director of the Washington Center, Emily Lardner. It will also include select manuscripts on practitioner responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. We could not be more proud to close the journal with these thoughtful manuscripts.
Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for higher education faculty, staff, researchers, administrators, and students to share current research, effective practices, critical reflections, and resources related to student learning communities in higher education. The purpose of LCRP is to promote practices and knowledge that strengthen the learning communities field. LCRP seeks submissions from faculty, administrators, student services professionals, researchers, and students involved in learning community work as defined by the Learning Communities Association.