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Building Living LearningCommunities that Support    Honors Students     A Miami University Exemplar
Paul BrownAssistant Director for Academic  and Living Learning SupportHonors and Scholars Program       Miami University  ...
Lynette Luckers        First Year AdviserTappan Hall - Honors and Scholars           CommunityOffice of Residence Life and ...
Jennifer Onuska   Assistant First Year AdviserTappan Hall - Honors and Scholars           CommunityOffice of Residence Life...
At a glance...•   Oxford, Ohio•   Founded 1809•   4-year, Public•   ~15,000 undergraduates    •   ~1,500 graduates•   ~ 70...
Presentation Overview•   Living Learning Communities at MU•   The MU Honors & Scholars Program•   Honors and Scholars Livi...
Characteristics of        Learning Communities      •     Cohorts of students taking the same classes      •     Interdisc...
LLCs at Miami University        Mission• Build around specific  field or interest• Extend student  learning outside  class...
Faculty/Professional         LLC Roles•   Advisory Councils     Collaborates to determine and carry     out vision and mis...
TheHonors & Scholars   Program               Miami University
University Honors and           Scholars Program•   Oxford Scholars (~300 each year)    •Admitted automatically based on s...
Learning Outcomes                      Developmental Foundations• Knowledge             of Learning Outcomes  Construction...
Multi-Dimensional LearningEpistemological     Intrapersonal               Self            Authorship          Interpersonal
Three TenetsScholarship               Leadership                Citizen               Scholars               Service
Developmental Sequence      of H&S LLCs        First Year                           First Year  LLC: Introduction to Schol...
Honors & ScholarsLiving Learning Communities          Introduction to Scholarship,          Leadership and Service        ...
First Year LLC    Introduction to Scholarship, Leadership and Service                                     Tappan HallSchol...
HON 280: Introduction toScholarship, Leadership, & Service•   1 credit hour seminar•   Provides foundational information  ...
Co-Curricular Programming           Scholarship, Leadership and Service•   One-day leadership retreat•   Workshop on start...
What our students say...In describing the first-year Honors and Scholars residence hall, one student stated:  “The atmosphe...
Stephanie Spoelstra       Tappan Hall RA  2nd Year Harrison Student
Upper-Class LLC              Scholars for Service                                Wells HallScholarship      Service •   Pi...
HON 281: Introduction toCommunity Service & Learning•   2 credit hour seminar•   Based on “Social Change Model of    Leade...
Co-Curricular Programming              Scholars for Service• Oxford Tea Time• Intensive weekend-plunge service  experience...
Wes Highley     Bishop Hall RA5th year Harrison Scholar
Upper-Class LLC                  Scholars for Change                                 Bishop HallScholarship     Leadership...
HON 282: Intro to Leadership and Research-Based Change•   2 credit hour seminar•   Based on “Social Change Model of    Lea...
Co-Curricular Programming            Scholars for Change• University Lecture Series seminars• Career planning workshops• R...
What our students say...In describing the upper-class Honors and Scholars residence hall, one student stated: “Because the...
Developmental Sequence      of H&S LLCs        First Year                           First YearLLC: Intro to Scholarship,  ...
Means of Assessment     How do we track data and collect it?•   Yearly surveys tracking student satisfaction    and learni...
Assessment Data               What is collected?•   Student demographic information•   Satisfaction, return-rate•   Commun...
First Year Honors Students Choosing        to Live in the H&S LLC                                            80%          ...
UC H&S students living     in an H&S LLC                                             110                                  ...
04-05 Honors GPA by  Living Arrangement                                   Lived in LLC                                   L...
Opportunities &           Challenges•   Developing upper-class communities•   Encouraging students to remain on-campus 3-4...
References            Haynes, C. (2006, January-February). The integrated student: Fostering            holistic developme...
Questions? Discussion.
Conclusion & Thank YouWe hope this session has been informative and engaging—thanks for your participation!•   Thanks to o...
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  1. 1. Building Living LearningCommunities that Support Honors Students A Miami University Exemplar
  2. 2. Paul BrownAssistant Director for Academic and Living Learning SupportHonors and Scholars Program Miami University ACPA Candidate #3210
  3. 3. Lynette Luckers First Year AdviserTappan Hall - Honors and Scholars CommunityOffice of Residence Life and New Student Programs Miami University
  4. 4. Jennifer Onuska Assistant First Year AdviserTappan Hall - Honors and Scholars CommunityOffice of Residence Life and New Student Programs Miami University
  5. 5. At a glance...• Oxford, Ohio• Founded 1809• 4-year, Public• ~15,000 undergraduates • ~1,500 graduates• ~ 7000 live on-campus
  6. 6. Presentation Overview• Living Learning Communities at MU• The MU Honors & Scholars Program• Honors and Scholars Living Learning Communities • Curricular & Co-Curricular• Assessment• Challenges and Opportunities• Discussion
  7. 7. Characteristics of Learning Communities • Cohorts of students taking the same classes • Interdisciplinary faculty teaching courses with a common theme • Students forming study groups, spending time socializing outside of class, and/or sharing strategies for success • Collaborative activities and assignments that require students to work together and practice skills Source: Goodsell Love, A., & Tokuno, K.A. (1999). Learning community models. In J. Levine, (Ed.), Learning communities: New structures, new partnerships for learning (pp. 9-17). Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.
  8. 8. LLCs at Miami University Mission• Build around specific field or interest• Extend student learning outside classroom• Integrate curricular & co-curricular• Foster student- faculty interaction
  9. 9. Faculty/Professional LLC Roles• Advisory Councils Collaborates to determine and carry out vision and mission—responsible for guiding and managing curricular and co-curricular efforts• Academic Advising• Course Instructors• Programming
  10. 10. TheHonors & Scholars Program Miami University
  11. 11. University Honors and Scholars Program• Oxford Scholars (~300 each year) •Admitted automatically based on scores •No Curricular requirements• Honors Students (~200 each year) •Separate Application Process required •Curricular Requirements• Harrison Scholars (~30 each year) •By invitation, Highest Honors •Admitted into Honors Program
  12. 12. Learning Outcomes Developmental Foundations• Knowledge of Learning Outcomes Construction• Critical Understanding of Diversity• Communication• Reflection• Collaboration• Responsible Citizenship Magolda, M. B., and King, P. M. (2004). Learning partnerships: Theory and models of practice to educate for self-authorship. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.
  13. 13. Multi-Dimensional LearningEpistemological Intrapersonal Self Authorship Interpersonal
  14. 14. Three TenetsScholarship Leadership Citizen Scholars Service
  15. 15. Developmental Sequence of H&S LLCs First Year First Year LLC: Introduction to Scholarship, Leadership, and280 HON ServiceLLC: Intro to Scholarship,Leadership, and Service Second/Third YearLLC: Scholars in Service HON 281 Second/Third/Fourth Year LLC: Scholar Leader Third/Fourth YearLLC: Scholars for Change HON 282
  16. 16. Honors & ScholarsLiving Learning Communities Introduction to Scholarship, Leadership and Service Tappan Hall first year students Scholars in Service Wells Hall upper-class students Scholars for Change Bishop Hall upper-class students
  17. 17. First Year LLC Introduction to Scholarship, Leadership and Service Tappan HallScholarship Leadership Service • Initiated in 2001 • Targets: First Year Students • 8 RAs, 1 Masters-Level Staff Member, 2 graduate assistants, ~300 residents • Hall director is live-in academic adviser, judicial officer, instructor, counselor, and crisis- responder
  18. 18. HON 280: Introduction toScholarship, Leadership, & Service• 1 credit hour seminar• Provides foundational information about all three tenets• Each section is themed• Peer-programming in the hall• Entry-level service learning activities• Students develop holistic 4 year learning goals educational plan
  19. 19. Co-Curricular Programming Scholarship, Leadership and Service• One-day leadership retreat• Workshop on starting in research• Volunteer “One Shot Deals”• Pizza and Prof Series• University Lecture Series speaker receptions held in-hall – Special seminars for H&S students• Peer-Lead Programs – Developed during in-hall courses – H&S Advisory Board
  20. 20. What our students say...In describing the first-year Honors and Scholars residence hall, one student stated: “The atmosphere was very supportive. Most students understood when I needed to study and when I could hang out. Also, the availability of help in any area was wonderful. Because many students in myhonors classes also lived in the hall I could easily go to them with questions… The combined environment of learning and studying yet being able to have fun at the same time was just wonderful.”
  21. 21. Stephanie Spoelstra Tappan Hall RA 2nd Year Harrison Student
  22. 22. Upper-Class LLC Scholars for Service Wells HallScholarship Service • Piloted in 2005 • On Academic Quad • Targets: Sophomores and Juniors • 4 RAs, 1 Masters-Level Staff Member, ~150 residents
  23. 23. HON 281: Introduction toCommunity Service & Learning• 2 credit hour seminar• Based on “Social Change Model of Leadership” (HERI, 1996)• Students use research for service-site program development• Participation in on-site service learning• Research, reflection, journaling and dialogue
  24. 24. Co-Curricular Programming Scholars for Service• Oxford Tea Time• Intensive weekend-plunge service experiences or ongoing service opportunities• Community forums• Internship search workshops, study abroad workshops• Joint programming with the staff of the Office of Service Learning
  25. 25. Wes Highley Bishop Hall RA5th year Harrison Scholar
  26. 26. Upper-Class LLC Scholars for Change Bishop HallScholarship Leadership • Initiated in 80s • Targets: Juniors and Seniors • 2 RAs, 1 Masters-Level Staff Member, ~90 residents • H&S Assistant Director for Academic & Living Learning Support is hall director
  27. 27. HON 282: Intro to Leadership and Research-Based Change• 2 credit hour seminar• Based on “Social Change Model of Leadership” (HERI, 1996)• Students research and propose solutions to campus issues• Develop personal leadership philosophy and sense of stewardship• Engage student in University governance and prepare for life as scholar
  28. 28. Co-Curricular Programming Scholars for Change• University Lecture Series seminars• Career planning workshops• Resume workshops• Workshops on stewardship and alumni relations• “Preparing for life in your 20s” workshop• Joint programming with Miami’s Leadership Programs
  29. 29. What our students say...In describing the upper-class Honors and Scholars residence hall, one student stated: “Because the [hall] is so small and the residents areso active, the hall was a wonderful environment. But living there also helped a lot with communication with honors, especially being able to see [the Honors Academic Support Coordinator] in the hall once in a while. Also, people tended to be in the same classeswhich helped for study groups. But really it was the people and especially the RAs that made all the difference in the world.”
  30. 30. Developmental Sequence of H&S LLCs First Year First YearLLC: Intro to Scholarship, LLC: Introduction to Scholarship, Leadership, and ServiceLeadership, and Service Second/Third YearLLC: Scholars in Service Second/Third/Fourth Year LLC: Scholar Leader Third/Fourth YearLLC: Scholars for Change
  31. 31. Means of Assessment How do we track data and collect it?• Yearly surveys tracking student satisfaction and learning outcomes (academic program & residence life)• Year-end reports: • Heads-of-Hall, H&S Staff• Use of CSP program courses: • Student Development • Program Evaluation
  32. 32. Assessment Data What is collected?• Student demographic information• Satisfaction, return-rate• Community involvement• Programming (types, frequency, traditions)• Qualitative assessments of student development• Participation in special programs and academic pursuits
  33. 33. First Year Honors Students Choosing to Live in the H&S LLC 80% 60% 40% 01-02 02-03 20% 03-04 04-05 05-06
  34. 34. UC H&S students living in an H&S LLC 110 80 For 06-07, UC H&S LLCs were at wait-list capacity 5001-02 20 02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06
  35. 35. 04-05 Honors GPA by Living Arrangement Lived in LLC Lived Elsewhere• 0.18 difference in 3.8 average FY Honors student GPA 3.6• 0.04 difference in 3.4 average UC Honors 3.2 student GPA First Years Upper-Class
  36. 36. Opportunities & Challenges• Developing upper-class communities• Encouraging students to remain on-campus 3-4 years• Develop seamless learning experience across all years• Providing consistent staffing and LLC instructors• Additional first-year H&S residence hall in 2006• Assessment efforts directly linking LLCs to outcomes
  37. 37. References Haynes, C. (2006, January-February). The integrated student: Fostering holistic development to advance learning. About Campus, 10(6), 17-23. Baxter Magolda, M., and King, P. M. (2004). Learning partnerships:Theory and models of practice to educate for self-authorship. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.Higher Education Research Institute. Boyer, Ernest L. (1990). Campus Life:(1996). Guidebook for a Social Change In Search of Community. The CarnegieModel for Leadership Development. Los Foundation for the Advancement ofAngeles, CA: Graduate School of Teaching: Princeton, New Jersey.Education and Information Studies,University of California.
  38. 38. Questions? Discussion.
  39. 39. Conclusion & Thank YouWe hope this session has been informative and engaging—thanks for your participation!• Thanks to our supporters and contributors: • Carolyn Haynes and the H&S Staff • Office of Residence Life and New Student Programs • Michele Welkener

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