OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Living-Learning Communities

Role

Research shows that first-year students who live on campus are more engaged in their college or university’s community and more likely to return for their second year. Living-learning communities amplify the academic and personal benefits provided by on-campus housing by directly connecting academic programming and faculty with living experience, offering students a holistic immersion in student life. Typically anchored by an academic unit, students engaged in living-learning communities—organized by floor, wing or located in an entire building—will have the opportunity to take part in experiential and for-credit learning opportunities organized by theme, compelling them to be engaged in the university community in meaningful ways. 

Goals 

  • Facilitate student-to-student and student-to-faculty connections around shared intellectual interests
  • Bridge residential and academic components of the student experience

Lead contacts

Ben Medeiros
Assistant Director, Living-Learning Communities
University Housing and Dining Services
ben.medeiros@oregonstate.edu

Partners 

Oregon State University currently works with three university partners for its current living-learning community offerings.

Timeline

2014 

Fall

  • Two additional  living-learning communities will be piloted in Fall 2014

2015

Fall

  • Additional living-learning communities will be developed and implemented

On the horizon: 

  • Linking first-year and large-enrollment courses to the activities of related LLCs
  • Offering several robust LLCs in university residences by 2016

Related Documents

Residential Education FYE Assessment

Oct. 18, 2013 presentation and meeting minutes