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Academic Learning Communities Information and Examples

High Impact Practices Template

Faculty and staff can download and use the ALC HIPS template (pdf) to help identify and connect the high impact practices they want to use in their Academic Learning Communities. This document is based on the work shared by Gordon Uno at the Academic Learning Communities workshop on January 31, 2014.

UNO Centers and Offices with Resources for Academic Learning Communities

UNO Math/Science Learning Center: "The Math-Science Learning Center (MSLC) is a place where UNO students can find the assistance they need to conquer academic challenges in Math and Science."

UNO Speech Center: "The UNO Speech Center assists all UNO students, faculty, and staff in preparing oral presentations and/or incorporating them into their courses."

The Writing Center: "The Writing Center invites UNO students, faculty, and staff in all university divisions to work with a writing consultant on any writing project. You may use this free service to work on your writing assignments, application essays, business letters, or other projects."

Academic and Career Development Center: "The Academic and Career Development Center facilitates academic success and career development through academic advising for undecalred students, career advising for all UNO students and alumni, job and internship exploration and preparation, academic and career events, and first year experience curriculum and programs."

First Year Experience Seminar: "UNO’s First Year Experience courses, also known as University Seminar 1010, are designed to enhance first year academic success, help you meet other students, give you a chance to work closely with faculty, and encourage active learning. FYE courses focus on college success strategies and orientation to college life."

ILUNO Intensive English: "New ILUNO students collaborate with program instructors to evaluate their English ability and select language classes at one of six levels – beginning to advanced. "

Service Learning Academy: "The UNO Service Learning Academy facilitates collaborative partnerships between the university and the metropolitan community for the purpose of enhancing student learning, advancing community service and initiatives, and fostering engaged citizenship"

Multicultural Affairs: "The Office of Multicultural Affairs of the University of Nebraska at Omaha is responsible for developing and maintaining programs and services to ensure the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented students."

Residence Life: "University Housing is committed to working to meet the housing needs of all residential students by providing a nurturing community that values diversity and promotes the dignity of all community members."

Student Life and Leadership "In the Student Life and Leadership Development Office (Student Life), students are our top priority. We believe co-curricular activities are part of the college learning experience; a necessity to develop the student as a whole person."

UNO Office of Civic and Social Responsibility: "The UNO Office of Civic and Social Responsibility, formerly SCLS is dedicated to developing students as engaged community  citizens and leaders of community stewardship through diverse, reciprocal  mutually beneficial service opportunities that build and strengthen our  communities and our world."

Academic Learning Communities presentation from September 10 meeting

American Association of Colleges and Universities Resources:

2013 AACU High Impact Practices Institute

 Fostering Student Learning and Success through First-Year Programs

Leading Initiatives for Integrated Learning

High Impact Educational Practices

Learning Communities Conference:

National Learning Communities Conference 2013, Corpus Christie TX November 7-9.

Examples from other Universities:

Some of these programs are residential, UNO's learning communities may develop that way, but not in the 2014-2015 pilot phase.

Northern Illinois University

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee


UNO Academic Learning Communities Application for Faculty


Bain, Ken. What the best college teachers do. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Bain, Ken. What the best college students do. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.
Teaching naked: how moving technology out of your college classroom will improve student learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint, 2012.

Cox, Rebecca D.. The college fear factor how students and professors misunderstand one another. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Fink, L. Dee. Creating significant learning experiences: an integrated approach to designing college courses. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Gabelnick, F. G.. Learning communities: creating connections among students, faculty, and disciplines. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1990.

Greenfield, Gerald M., and Jennifer R. Keup. Developing and sustaining successful first-year programs a guide for practitioners. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Keup, Jennifer R.. The first-year seminar: designing, implementing, and assessing courses to support student learning & success.. Columbia, SC: National Resource Center, First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, 2011.

Kuh, George D.. Student success in college: creating conditions that matter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Shapiro, Nancy Sherman, and Jodi Levine Laufgraben. Creating learning communities: a practical guide to winning support, organizing for change, and implementing programs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.

Smith, Barbara Leigh. Learning communities: reforming undergraduate education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Visher, Mary G., and Heather Wathington. Scaling up learning communities: the experience of six community colleges :. New York: National Center for Post-Secondary Research (Columbia University), 2010. (Columbia University), 2010.

Other Resources

Smith, Pete, and Chris Rust. "The potential of research-based learning for the creation of truly inclusive academic communities of practice." Innovations in Education and Teaching International 48, no. 2 (2011): 115-125 Full article

Evergreen University has a large list of resources for learning communities

Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP)is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for higher education faculty, staff, researchers, administrators, and students to share current research, effective practices, critical reflections, and resources related to student learning communities in higher education. The purpose of LCRP is to promote practices and knowledge that strengthen the learning communities field.