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Selected Publications

Since its publication in 1987, Art Chickering and Zelda Gamson’s article, Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, has provided a foundation for good pedagogical practice, including learning community practice, across campuses.

In 1999, the Washington Center published Strengthening Learning Communities: Case Studies from the National Learning Communities Dissemination Project (FIPSE). The concluding chapter of this report, From Innovation to Reform: Reflections on Case Studies of 19 Learning Community Initiatives, by Larry Geri and Duke Kuehn, with Jean MacGregor, suggests that we conceive of learning community programs as organizational innovations, requiring cross-campus collaboration as well as skillful teaching.

In 2005, Derek Price wrote Learning Communities and Student Success in Postsecondary Education for MDRC, providing an overview and synthesis what was known about LCs and student success at that time.

In 2006, George Kuh, Jillian Kinzie, Jennifer Buckley, Brian Bridges and John Hayek wrote What Matters in Student Success: A Review of the Literature, providing an overview of theoretical perspectives on student success and college, and identifying institutional conditions—including learning communities—associated with student success.

In 2007, the National Survey of Student Engagement Annual Report, Experiences that Matter: Enhancing Student Learning and Success, named learning communities as a high impact practice and identified the particular features within LCs that made them engaging for students (integrative experiences, out-of-class experiences, and peer mentors).

Following that, in 2009, Jayne Brownell and Lynn Swaner published High-Impact Practices: Applying the Learning Outcomes Literature to the Development of Successful Campus Programs in Diversity and Democracy, and publication of AACU.

In 2012, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) published A Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student Success, naming learning communities along with a dozen other practices as educationally effective.

In 2014, CCSSE’s annual report, Practices to Pathways: High-Impact Practices for Community College Student Success, provided addition information about the beneficial effects for students participating in learning communities, other structured group learning experiences, and curricular pathways.

In 2015, AACU released Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning, providing campuses with a tool to help campuses move forward in providing high quality learning experiences for all students.