Learning Community Institute

Posted by Cabrini College on October 06, 2014



May 26- 29, 2015 • Cabrini College • Radnor, Pennsylvania

Is your college or university establishing or refining a learning community program? Attend this four-day workshop at Cabrini College where you will explore strategies, innovative approaches, and model plans with a team of faculty, staff, and administrators responsible for Cabrini’s Living and Learning Community (LLC) Program.

This interactive, action-planning institute will help you develop a plan to launch a learning community program on your own campus or help you refine and evaluate your current program as you lay out concrete plans for future development. Cabrini faculty and staff, who have published and presented on learning communities at institutions across the nation, will guide you through a step-by-step process to
develop your action plan.

Who Should Attend?
Your experience will be most productive if you attend with a team consisting of five to six members, including administration, faculty, and student development staff. Come ready to engage with colleagues in the action-planning process. You will leave Cabrini College prepared to implement practices.

What topics will be covered?
Topics will be catered to attendees, and may include:
• Engaging the administration
• Writing across the curriculum
• Assessment
• Curriculum integration (interdisciplinary and disciplinary)
• Marketing to prospective students
• Developing co-curriculum to build community
• Program administration

Registration Fee
(Includes workshop materials, lodging, a reception on Day 1, three meals on Day 2 and 3, and breakfast on Day 4)
• Early bird fee (application form must be submitted by Dec. 15): $700/person
• Early bird exclusive – Register a team of six and the sixth registration fee is waived.
• Regular fee (application must be received by final deadline of Jan. 15): $750/person

Register at http://www.cabrini.edu/LearningCommunityInstitute

What is the Program Schedule?
Day 1: After moving into the residence halls, attendees will enjoy an evening dinner and reception, and meet & greet with Cabrini College team leaders and other institute participants.
Day 2: Participants will hear from a keynote speaker, receive their workshop materials, and begin action-planning sessions. The sessions will help teams develop or expand their institution’s learning communities.
Day 3: Teams will continue to have opportunities to develop strategies through action-planning sessions and learn about best practices in breakout sessions.
Day 4: Participants will finalize their action plans and will present their drafted plan to their assigned Cabrini team leaders. The leaders will provide feedback before the teams are ready to bring their plans back to their institutions.

Throughout the week, teams/participants will have opportunities to set up appointments with resource faculty who have expertise in specific areas of learning community development. Concurrent sessions will also be threaded throughout the week to allow participants to temporarily shift gears from action planning to learning about best practices.


Richie Gebauer
Director, First-Year Experience
Faculty Fellow, Leadership Living and Learning Community

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