Wawrzynski Co-Authors Living-Learning Communities that Work: A Research-Based Model for Design, Delivery, and Assessment
Dr. Matt Wawrzynski co-authors a book, which provides a comprehensive model for the design, administration, and assessment of inclusive living-learning communities
“[This book] provides a much needed Living-Learning Community (LLC) model that promises a unified living and learning experience. Despite LLCs’ respected history in American higher education and identification as a high-impact practice, tight fiscal contexts and the press of accountability has continued to make it necessary for institutional leaders to demonstrate with evidence the value of LLCs, and in particular their contribution to contemporary concerns about student retention, learning, and success....The LLC best practices model in this book provides needed resources to institutions and LLC practitioners interested in designing and delivering LLCs that work better for all our students." - Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and NSSE, and Senior Scholar National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
In 2007, the American Association of Colleges and Universities named living learning communities (LLCs) a high-impact practice because of the potential of these communities to provide coherence to and ultimately improve undergraduate education. Institutional leaders have demonstrated a commitment to providing LLCs, but they currently do so primarily with anecdotal information to guide their work. As a result, there is substantial variation in organizational structure, collaboration, academic and social environments, programmatic integration, student outcomes, and overall quality related to LLC participation.
To establish a stronger, more unified basis for designing and delivering effective LLCs, the authors of Living-Learning Communities that Work collaborated on the development of a comprehensive empirical framework for achieving the integrating potential of LLCs. This framework is designed to help practitioners guide the design, delivery, and assessment of LLCs.
This book thoughtfully combines research and field-tested practice to document the essential components for best practices in living learning communities and presents them as a clear blueprint –the LLC best practices model – for LLC design.
Practitioners, researchers, and institutional leaders can use the book as a guide to more effectively allocate resources to create and sustain LLCs and to realize the potential of these communities to improve undergraduate education.
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Dr. Riyad Shahjahan receives "Best Journal Article Award 2022" from CIES South Asia Sig
Dr. Riyad Shahjahan, Associate Professor and HALE MA Program Coordinator, and Nisharggo Niloy, University of Dhaka, receive "Best Journal Article Award 2022" from the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) South Asia Special Interest Group
Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski receives USAID Grant to support economic growth in Mozambique through career development initiative
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski, Associate Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education (HALE), and MSU a $2 million grant to enhance economic growth and career development in Mozambique.
Dr. Kristen Renn Named the Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education
Dr. Kristen Renn, Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education (HALE) and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Student Success Research, named Erickson Distinguished Chair in HALE for 2021–2024 academic years.