Learning Communities have a statistically significant impact on student persistence to graduation – particularly when combined with cooperative/collaborative learning that can foster the kind of student/student and student/faculty interaction that is found to be the most powerful predictors of student success in the college experience.
Careful planning of both curriculum and pedagogy around a limited number of central, thematic constructs and pedagogy stressing interactive learning has great potential in fostering student achievement, persistence to graduation, educational citizenship and other cognitive affective outcomes.
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