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Below please find links to literature and research on various student access and success initiatives.

Presentations at the National Learning Communities Conference

Jaclyn Palm (November 2011)  
Co-Curricular Activities in Learning Communities: The Importance of Linking Class Connectivity to Fun Events
Chicago, Illinois

Highlights- This presentation focused on sharing specific examples of LC events that were concretely tied to curriculum in associated courses.  It also emphasized the factor of fun as a method of creating greater impact.

Results- Attendees gained an appreciation for the importance of connecting LC events and activities to the curriculum in a way that provides impactful and hands-on experience.  Through specific examples, they also learned how such events can absolutely be engaging and entertaining as well.

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Jaclyn Palm (November 2011)  
Creating, Maintaining and Sustaining a Successful Learning Community Ambassador Leadership Program
Chicago, Illinois

Highlights- This presentation focused on outlining the structure and organization of Purdue’s model for an LC Ambassador Leadership Program.

Results- Attendees received an explanation of the model, expectations for ambassadors, and the benefit of the experience of what did and did not work for us as we built a program based on specific leadership learning outcomes.

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Jaclyn Palm (November 2011)  
Common Reading Program + Learning Community Engagement = Impact
Chicago, Illinois

Highlights- This presentation focused on describing the added impact of combining campus efforts in a Common Reading Program with the intentional planning of Learning Community Events. 

Results- Attendees received an explanation of both programs and learned through examples how added impact in terms of student engagement and campus connection can be achieved through planning LC events that are tied to the Common Reading.

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Jim Pukrop (November 2011)  
Learning Community Event Tracking and Logistical Support
Bay City, Michigan

Highlights- This presentation focused on systematic ways to track, monitor, and analyze culled data regarding LC events and activities. A secondary focus was on the types and depth of logistical support provided to LC Instructors.

Results- Attendees learned how to effectively and efficiently track and monitor LC events and activities, as well as how to analyze that information.  They also were exposed to the notion that events should be connected to the curriculum and fun as well.  Lastly, they understood how to assist LC instructors by offering various support mechanisms to streamline event planning (assistance with ideas, transportation, etc.)

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Jim Pukrop (November 2010)  
Building a Successful Learning Community Ambassador Leadership Program
Bay City, Michigan

Highlights- This presentation focused on outlining the structure and organization of Purdue’s model for an LC Ambassador Leadership Program.

Results- Attendees received an explanation of the model, a copy of the handbook, and the benefit of the experience of what did and did not work for us as we built a program based on specific leadership learning outcomes.

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Jim Pukrop (November 2010)  
Co-Curricular Activities in Learning Communities: The Importance of Doing Cool Things

Bay City, Michigan

Highlights- This presentation focused on sharing specific examples of LC events that were concretely tied to curriculum in associated courses.

Results- Attendees gained an appreciation for the importance of connecting LC events and activities to the curriculum in a way that provides impactful and hands-on experience.

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 Jim Pukrop (November 2010)  
Behind the Scenes: The Collaboration Continuum
Bay City, Michigan

Highlights- This presentation focused on outlining the multitude of collaborative campus partnerships necessary for a successful and flourishing LC program.

Results- Attendees gained a sense of clarity and of the scope involved in creating and maintaining an LC program.  It was a great introduction for neophytes, providing direction and painting a cohesive picture regarding how to identify appropriate campus partners and why one needs them.

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 Jim Pukrop (November 2010)  
Learning Community Event Tracking and Logistical Support
Bay City, Michigan

Highlights- This presentation focused on systematic ways to track, monitor, and analyze culled data regarding LC events and activities. A secondary focus was on the types and depth of logistical support provided to LC Instructors.

Results- Attendees learned how to effectively and efficiently track and monitor LC events and activities, as well as how to analyze that information.  They also were exposed to the notion that events should be connected to the curriculum and fun as well.  Lastly, they understood how to assist LC instructors by offering various support mechanisms to streamline event planning (assistance with ideas, transportation, etc.)

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Presentations at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience

Jean Henscheid (University of Idaho) and Jim Pukrop (Scheduled February 2012)  
Learning Communities: From Imagination to Implementation

San Antonio, Texas

Highlights- This pre-conference workshop (6 hours) focused on defining various LC models and guiding attendees through the complex process of creating and maintaining strong and viable LCs.

Results- Attendees gained an understanding of various LC models and of the processes involved in creating and maintaining LCs.  The workshop was largely interactive, with participants going through a mini-version of planning an LC from beginning to end.

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Jean Henscheid (University of Idaho) and Jim Pukrop (February 2011)  
Learning Communities: From Imagination to Implementation

Atlanta, Georgia

Highlights- This pre-conference workshop (6 hours) focused on defining various LC models and guiding attendees through the complex process of creating and maintaining strong and viable LCs.

Results- Attendees gained an understanding of various LC models and of the processes involved in creating and maintaining LCs.  The workshop was largely interactive, with participants going through a mini-version of planning an LC from beginning to end.

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Jaclyn Palm and Jim Pukrop (February 2011)  
Common Reading Program + Learning Community Engagement = Impact

Atlanta, Georgia

Highlights- This roundtable discussion focused on describing the added impact of combining campus efforts in a Common Reading Program with the intentional planning of Learning Community Events. 

Results- Attendees received an explanation of both programs and learned through examples how added impact in terms of student engagement and campus connection can be achieved through planning LC events that are tied to the Common Reading.  Attendees also interactively discussed thoughts, ideas, and experiences from their own campuses.

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Dan Carpenter, Kasi Jones and Andrew K. Koch, PhD (February 2011)

Getting and Sustaining “Green”: Securing & Maintaining Resources for Undergraduate Student Success Programs Through Sponsorship and Grant Writing Effort

Atlanta, Georgia

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Dan Carpenter and Matt Pistilli, Ph.D. (February 2011)

Intentional Synergy: Purdue University’s Student Success at Purdue 

Atlanta, Georgia

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Kevin Farrell and Jim Pukrop (February 2010)  
Co-Curricular Activities in Learning Communities: The Importance of Doing Cool Things

Denver, Colorado

Highlights- This roundtable discussion focused on sharing specific examples of LC events that were concretely tied to curriculum in associated courses and was meant to foster discussion of approaches and examples at other campuses.

Results- Attendees gained an appreciation for the importance of connecting LC events and activities to the curriculum in a way that provides impactful and hands-on experience.  Discussion did not occur; attendees spent the time asking in-depth questions about the LC program at Purdue.

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Professional Development for Student Success at Purdue staff 

Reading Series: Each Student Success at Purdue staff member is responsible for leading a conversation about a topics or issue that impacts the educational experience. Some examples are liste below.

  • Hutchings (2010). Opening Foors to Faculty Involvement in Assessment 
  • Kuh (2008). AACU High Impact Educational Practices. 
  • Middendorf (1998)- A Cade Study in Getting Faculty to Change
  • Nichols (2011)- Five National Conversations Higher Education
  • Seymour (1995)- Once Upon a Campus

 

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