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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February
1
 
Sun
2
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Mon
3
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Tue
4
LNFS Presents: Groundhog Day
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Massage on the Go #1
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Internship Info Session
Wed
5
LNFS Presents: Interstellar
LNFS Presents: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Thu
6
LNFS Presents: Songcatcher
LNFS Presents: Wall-E
Cultural Coffee Hour
Fri
7
 
Sat
8
 
Sun
9
 
Mon
10
Employer Showcase: Day 1 Technical Career Fair
Job Club: Successful Telephone Interview/Screening Tips and How to Choose & Prep your Professional References
Tue
11
LNFS Presents: Caddyshack
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Employer Showcase: Day 2 Non-Technical Career Fair
Last Day to Drop a Course with 50% Refund
Wildcat Wednesday
#TrendingTopics: Space Exploration
Wed
12
LNFS Presents: Taxi Driver
LNFS Presents: Gone Girl
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn - Legal Planning
Thu
13
LNFS Presents: The Great Gatsby
Cultural Coffee Hour
Fri
14
 
Sat
15
 
Sun
16
 
Mon
17
LNFS Presents: Dear White People
Tue
18
Caregiver Support Group
LNFS Presents: Wreck-It Ralph
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Wed
19
LNFS Presents: Nightcrawler
LNFS Presents: Ip Man
Celebration at UK vs Texas A & M Women’s Basketball Game, Memorial Coliseum
Thu
20
LNFS Presents: The Bang Bang Club
Cultural Coffee Hour
Fri
21
Celebration at UK vs Auburn Men’s Basketball Game
Sat
22
 
Sun
23
Convocation
Mon
24
National Student Exchange (NSE) Info Session
Job Club: Interview Strategies from the Other Side of the Table
Tue
25
LNFS Presents: Inception
Wildcat Wellness: Meditation
Fellows Founders Week Luncheon
Wed
26
LNFS Presents: The Birds
LNFS Presents: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1
Guest Lecture: President Emeritus Mark Yudof of the University of California – Berkley
Thu
27
LNFS Presents: Superbad
LNFS Presents: Little Shop of Horrors
Cultural Coffee Hour
The Blue Tie Bash
Fri
28
 
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