Whereas, Learning communities are a proven strategy to increase student retention and success; and
Whereas, Learning communities require support for faculty in order to create and sustain smaller, linked classes and the faculty development necessary to design new collaborative and integrated curriculum;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate research the variations, benefits, and elements of successful learning communities and present them in a breakout session; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate promote system funding for learning communities and other innovative teaching approaches.
Research conducted; paper in progress to be presented at the Fall 02 plenary session.Co-sponsored Convocation on Learning Communities with UC Berkeley Community College Cooperative in February 2002 bring together teams from many community colleges. The goal was declared complete by Executive Committee September 03.