Colorado College Living Learning Communities AIMHO 2011 Amanda Hurst and Sara Rotunno

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Colorado College Living Learning Communities AIMHO 2011 Amanda Hurst and Sara Rotunno. How Do You Measure a Year in The Life?. Who Are We? Colorado College. 4 year private college Liberal Arts Block Plan 3 year residential college 1500 student beds, 32 residential facilities .
Colorado College Living Learning CommunitiesAIMHO 2011Amanda Hurst and Sara RotunnoHow Do You Measure a Year in The Life?Who Are We?Colorado College4 year private collegeLiberal ArtsBlock Plan3 year residential college1500 student beds, 32 residential facilities History of Living Learning Communities at Colorado College
  • Started in 2005 with a linked course
  • Practiced and reflected on civic skills and competencies
  • Combination of civic skill building, course requirement and community service placements
  • History of Living Learning Communities at Colorado College
  • For the first 3 years, focus groups and course evaluations measured learning
  • We found that the required course wasn’t working, and the LLC demanded too much student time
  • In 2009 CC hosted 21st Century Residential Housing Summit
  • Five Tenants
  • Community
  • Flexibility
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Innovation
  • 2009-2010Mathias Hall was redesigned with those Tenets and LLCs in mindLiving Learning Communities at Colorado College
  • In 2010, we re-launched and expanded the LLC Program in a co-curricular model
  • Staff as Program Coordinators
  • Student Leaders as Community Assistants
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment at the forefront of our mind
  • Community SpacesColorado College – Living Learning Communities LLC kitchen spaceMain Hallway Colorado College – Living Learning Communities Expression SpaceCommunity SpacesColorado College – Living Learning CommunitiesOur LLC ThemesGrassroots Organizing: delving deeper into social issues, learning applicable tools for community change, and applying their knowledge on campus or in the local community.Global Living: a cross-cultural experience for students interested in broadening their understanding of world issues and cultures.Gender and Sexuality: focus on gender and sexuality as aspects of social identity that have a tremendous impact on the ways that communities and relationships develop.Spirit of Nonviolence: engages a small group of students in an integrated practice of spiritual disciplines, reflection and academic study of non-violence, and embodied response to ethical commitment.Why Is CC Doing LLC’s
  • Civic Engagement
  • Building Community
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Connecting Classroom to Living Room
  • Types of Assessment
  • EBI (Educational Benchmarking Institute)
  • Community Assistant information
  • AAC&U (Assoc. of American Colleges and Universities)
  • EBI Assessments
  • Overall Residential Experience
  • LLCs
  • Grassroots LLC highest mean (5.92); Gender & Sexuality (5.87)
  • Learning Outcomes—Personal Interactions
  • Mathias
  • 4.36-5.28
  • LLCs
  • 5.45-6.19
  • Now to measure a year in the life…
  • Pre- and Post-test with LLC participants and a control group of Mathias residents
  • Anecdotal and informal assessment from Program Coordinators, Community Assistants, and LLC Leadership Team
  • Projects based on themes
  • What our students learned…
  • Teamwork
  • Community Building
  • Potential humbling effect for perception of Civic Engagement competencies
  • Personal Leadership skills
  • What We Learned…
  • More qualitative data collection
  • Guided reflections
  • Interpersonal development skills
  • Teamwork, Community Building, Conflict management
  • Coding the end-of-year video
  • Work with Alums
  • Video ClipsWhat next…
  • Reassessing our assessment
  • More qualitative data collection
  • Involve more of the campus community
  • Faculty integration
  • Determine what themes are most relevant
  • So…How do YOU Measure a Year in the Life? Questions/Comments
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