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History

Learning Communities at OHIO

Learning Communities (LCs) for first-year students began as a concept at Ohio University in the Fall of 1999, with a pilot implemented in four first-year residence halls ­— Brown/Pickering/Crawford/Mackinnon. ­During that time, an 1804 Grant was requested and funded for the 2000-01 academic year for six Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). ­Another grant was requested and approved for two more years (01-02 and 02-03), moving to nine and then ten RLCs across campus. ­A UPAC proposal was approved for University College to fund the RLC program, including a full-time administrator. ­RLCs expanded during the Fall of 2003 to fourteen communities, two of which were solely devoted to students in the College of Business. ­In Fall 2004, the program had sixteen communities, eleven of which were based in all of the undergraduate colleges. ­In the Fall of 2005, we broadened our concept to encompass learning communities that were not residential, and there were 38 learning communities (LCs) with over 630 participants. ­Beginning Fall 2007, University College required all undecided students to enroll in a learning community, which resulted in significantly positive assessment results.

  • Fall 1999 – PILOT two communities, 40 students
  • 2000-01 – Six communities, 93 students
  • 2001-02 – Nine communities, 148 students
  • 2002-03 – Ten communities, 140 students
  • 2003-04 – Fourteen communities, 239 students
  • Fall 2004 – Sixteen communities, 279 students
  • Fall 2005 – 38 communities, 638 participants
  • Fall 2006 – 57 communities, 1026 participants
  • Fall 2007 – 115 communities, 1925 participants
  • Fall 2008 – 142 communities, 2177 participants
  • Fall 2009 – 148 communities, 2408 participants
  • Fall 2010 – 162 communities, 2704 participants
  • Fall 2011 – 174 communities, 2603 participants