An article titled, Taking Courses as a Group Helps Community-College Freshmen Succeed, Study Finds, explains how Kingsborough Community College randomly assigned new students into the learning-community program.
Once placed into groups of 25, the students were enrolled in the same three classes. The program was developed by an organization that strives to help low-income students succeed.
- How can paired communities build long-lasting student connections that will help students feel a part of college, learning and the campus as a whole?
- What can students learn about themselves and their potential from being paired with other students?
- What are the workforce implications in building teamwork that these paired courses can foster?
- What interactions can these classes promote among students of different ages, races, religions and learning styles?
- How can personal initiative increase when students are required to work through and with others for common learning outcomes?