Key Initiative 15:
Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities at Cedar Crest College will provide students with a seamless educational experience. In a living learning community, students will experience fuller, deeper learning as classroom teaching and learning are expanded into a residence hall. Students will have the opportunity for richer interactions with faculty and peers, creating a more satisfying college experience.

In addition, students will engage in learning in the greater community, expanding their perceptions and increasing their awareness of the global community. Living Learning Communities will add new vibrancy to the residence halls for all students.

Upper class students will apply for a theme-based Living Learning Community that has both curricular and co-curricular components. Approximately 12-15 students will live together on the same wing of a residence hall. A student staff member will lead activities and promote community-building on the floor.

Faculty, staff, and students will work together to develop themes for Living Learning Communities based on current events, issues, and student interest, aligned with the mission and shared values of the College. Preliminary theme ideas include Social Justice, the Environment, Women’s Leadership, Global and Civic Engagement, International Studies, Health and Wellness, Community Service, Women in the Arts, Creative Writing, and Women in Business.
There are numerous opportunities for co-curricular experiences that can enhance learning and incorporate classroom ideas in the community. The co-curricular options would be based upon the theme and structure of the LLC and may include domestic or international travel, conferences, community service, on and off-campus lectures, programs, and events.


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