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Student success is central to UMaine's mission, values, reputation and fiscal health. Improving first-year student success is a major focus for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs in 2018-2019. The goal is to develop an integrated plan of actions that will result in improved first year student success as defined by first year retention.

Living Learning Communities

Develop a set of recommendations for how living-learning communities can support first year student success at UMaine. Please consider the following questions as you complete this work.

1. What is the current status of living learning communities at UMaine?
a. How many communities are offered to students, and what do they focus on? b. How many students enroll?
c. What student groups comprise these communities?
d. What is the evidence of impact? Is there demographic data indicating which students take advantage of living learning communities?

2. What are the goals of living learning communities? Are these goals being met? What data is there to support attainment (or not) of goals?

3. What are considered best practices with respect to living learning communities?

4. Are there types of these communities that we don't have, but should (per the best practice literature)?

5. How might some of these practices be enacted at UMaine? Which practices might be beneficial, but come with resource challenges?


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Living-Learning-Communities-FYSSI-Charge.pdf (758 kB)
Full text of the Provost's Charge

Living-Learning-Communities-FYSSI-WorkingGroupMembers.pdf (120 kB)
Working Group Members Roster



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