Gail Hairston

Students Live and Learn at UK

Published: Aug 28, 2013

 

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2013) -- There’s something about the Living-Learning Program at the University of Kentucky that keeps attracting students -- success.

 

“We know that this kind of living and learning space is a strong predictor of student success,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “It’s not just that they graduate, but it’s that they find the deep meaning and purpose in the educational experience.”

 

Alumni and current students alike refer to their LLP experience as a defining moment, an experience that catapults them to academic success as a student and flourishing careers upon graduation. Nearly 25 years of history and statistics agree.

 

LLP participants get better grades – in the first fall semester 3.26 GPA, compared to 2.80 for peers not in a Living-Learning environment. And students in the Living-Learning Program stay in school; 88.4 percent more return for their sophomore year, compared to 80.8 percent for their cohort peers. Students are also more likely to adjust more successfully to the academic demands of college, declare a major in their freshman year and find their academic work more interesting. Participating in a living learning community, which incurs no additional cost, helps keep students on track toward graduation by helping them connect with advisors, professors and other staff.

 

“The relationships one gains in a quality college experience are typically the ones that you take with you your entire life,” said Capilouto. “We are going to offer an environment that really fosters building of those kinds of relationships.”
 

The students themselves report greater academic self-confidence, more meaningful interactions with faculty, and more diverse interactions and friendships with fellow students. LLP students report that faculty had a greater effect on their career goals and aspirations and their personal growth, values and attitudes.

 

“The Living Learning Program recognizes that college students learn both in and out of the classroom,” Marcia Shrout, associate director for residential education in the Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs. “The Office of Residence Life has collaborated with our academic partners and other student success partners to compliment the classroom experience.

 

“Through Living Learning Communities and Residential Colleges we offer students an opportunity to live and learn together in an integrated academic residential environment. This dynamic residential experience offers specialized programming, interactions with UK faculty and staff and a supportive community that focuses on student success.”

 

Student success has spawned program success. This fall about 965 students will participate in 13 programs. Six more programs will be added in fall 2014, the program’s 25th year at UK, nine times more than in 2008.

 

This fall, the Living-Learning Programs include the Agricultural Residential College, Arts and Sciences Wired Residential College, Engineering Residential College, Fine Arts Residential College, First Generation Community, Global Scholars Community, Global Village Community, Healthcare Residential College, Honors Community, i-Net Community, Leadership and Service Community, ROTC Community and Wellness Community. Next fall, the Business Enterprise Community, the Communication and Information Connect Community, the EDLIFE Community, Environment and Sustainability Residential College, the Kinesiology and Health Promotion Community and the Transfer Student Community will be added to the roster.

 

Beginning next week and running through February 2014, UKNow will feature one Living-Learning community each week. For more information about the program, visit http://www.uky.edu/Housing/undergraduate/llp/llp2.html.

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November
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
Sat
2
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Sun
3
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Mon
4
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Tue
5
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Appalachian Forum with Dr. Fran Ansley
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Wed
6
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
Thu
7
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
Circle of Love Name Distribution
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Fri
8
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
Sat
9
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
Sun
10
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Mon
11
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Tue
12
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
#UKEDTALKS: International Opportunities for Education Majors
Leadership Assessment
Wed
13
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
Chili and Pie Cook-Off Supper
#TrendingTopics: Vegetarians vs. Meat-Eaters
Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
Thu
14
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Fri
15
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
16
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
Sun
17
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
UK Rep Bands Concert
College of Agriculture, Food & Environment 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research
Amanda Rogers, "Black Flags, ISIS 'Swag' & Jihadi Rap: Marketing Militancy after the Arab Spring"
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
Mon
18
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
Education Abroad Open House
CatWatch Party
Appalachian Forum and Film Screening of "Up the Ridge"
Tue
19
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
International Games Day
Global Design with Phil Duncan
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Wed
20
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
International Education Week Keynote Speaker: Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID
Tobacco-free Tailgate 5 Year Anniversary
Bollywood Night
Thu
21
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
MEAT.
Fri
22
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
23
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Sun
24
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Mon
25
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner
Tue
26
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Wed
27
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thu
28
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Fri
29
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Sat
30
 
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