Differences in student outcomes by types of living-learning programs

The development of an empirical typology

Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas, Matthew Soldner, Susan Longerbeam, Jeannie Brown Leonard

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Abstract

This study involved the development of the first empirical typology of living-learning programs and its use in the assessment of students' learning outcomes. Using two-step cluster analysis with data from nearly 300 living-learning programs at 34 U.S. postsecondary institutions, the authors identified three structural types of programs: (a) small, limited resourced, primarily residential life programs; (b) medium, moderately resourced, student affairs/academic affairs combination programs; and (c) large, comprehensively resourced, student affairs/academic affairs collaboration programs. Multiple regression analyses revealed that students in the large academic affairs/student affairs collaborations and small residential life-based living-learning program types exhibited stronger self-reported learning outcomes than those in the medium combination programs. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-512
Number of pages18
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

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  • Living-learning programs
  • Student learning outcomes
  • Typology

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Differences in student outcomes by types of living-learning programs : The development of an empirical typology. / Inkelas, Karen Kurotsuchi; Soldner, Matthew; Longerbeam, Susan; Leonard, Jeannie Brown.

In: Research in Higher Education, Vol. 49, No. 6, 09.2008, p. 495-512.

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Inkelas, Karen Kurotsuchi ; Soldner, Matthew ; Longerbeam, Susan ; Leonard, Jeannie Brown. / Differences in student outcomes by types of living-learning programs : The development of an empirical typology. In: Research in Higher Education. 2008 ; Vol. 49, No. 6. pp. 495-512.
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