Sunday, June 16, & Monday, June 17, 2019, at Elon University in North Carolina

The Conference on Residential Learning Communities as a High Impact Practice will take place June 16-17, 2019, at Elon University in North Carolina. We invite scholars interested in learning community scholarship to join the culminating conversation of the  2017-2019 Elon University Center for Engaged Learning Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities as a High Impact Practice. The conference will feature multi-institutional research conducted through the Seminar, which focuses specifically on examining those undergraduate learning communities that have a residential component—a type of learning community that we are referring to as “residential learning communities,” or “RLCs.” Ultimately, the goal of these multi-institutional research projects is to better understand – within and across types of RLCs – what makes these experiences high-impact practices for students, how institutions might promote effective organizational structures to support these endeavors, how institutions might scale up access to them, how faculty and staff can contribute to their high-quality while balancing other job responsibilities, and how RLCs shape and are shaped by institutional culture.

We invite other scholars to join the culminating conversation about these inquiry projects and to share their own research related to one of the following themes:

  • Key characteristics of residential learning communities
  • Student outcomes of residential learning communities
  • Faculty and staff experiences in residential learning communities
  • Degree of cross-divisional collaboration in residential learning communities
  • Transferability of learning community research to residential learning communities

Proposals will be accepted July 9-December 21, 2018. Read the call for proposals. (PDF version available here)

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