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Implementation of a residential learning community on a commuter campus
by Safer, Cara E., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 140; 1517781
Abstract (Summary)

Residential learning communities are designed to promote first-year student persistence. This case study examined how both student affairs and academic affairs administrators at Lake Valley University (LVU) implemented a comprehensive residential learning community designed to increase first-year students' persistence at a majority commuter campus. Through analysis of documents and semi-structured interviews, this study describes how administrators implemented a new program. The findings indicate that the new program required a change leader with a vision, strategies developed through planning, collaboration across divisions, and ownership of the program. These findings suggest that careful planning, a solid organizational structure, establishment of campus-wide relationships, and a clearly articulated vision are essential for administrators to implement organizational change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Brien, Jonathan J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Higher education
Publication Number: 1517781
ISBN: 978-1-267-47408-7
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