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A Double Concept of Mentoring: Vertical Learning Communities at a Large Research University Michele Rabkin & Maura Nolan

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A Double Concept of Mentoring: Vertical Learning Communities at a Large Research University

Michele Rabkin & Maura Nolan

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Traditional goals of the research university

Conduct researchPublish researchProduce new PhDsand educate undergraduates

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Changing context

Public pressure to focus on undergraduate educationMore diverse student bodyLess prepared student body

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Liberal arts college model

Small student populationSmall class sizesIntensive faculty-student interaction

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Research university challenges

Large student populationLarge class sizesFaculty must balance teaching and research

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Learning community model

IntentionalCollaborative learningAcademic subject matterSocial interactionsIntellectually stimulating environmentSense of belongingIncreased commitment

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Learning community types

CurricularClassroomResidentialStudent-type

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Participating in learning communities is uniformly and positively linked with student academic performance, engagement in educationally fruitful activities (such as academic integration, active and collaborative learning, and interaction with faculty members), gains associated with college attendance, and overall satisfaction with the college experience.--Zhao & Kuh, 2004

Sample: 80,479 first-year and senior students randomly selected from 364 four-year colleges and universities and who completed the National Survey of Student Engagement in the spring of 2002.

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Liberal arts college model =Learning community model

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Berkeley Connect: a vertical learning community

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New learning community type

Curricular not based on existing curriculumClassroom not part of pre-existing courseResidential open to all students (residential and commuter)Student-type open to all students (not honors or remedial)

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Learning community characteristics

Intentional Collaborative learning Academic subject matter Social interactionsIntellectually stimulating environmentSense of belongingIncreased commitment

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ArchitectureEnglishEnvironmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM)Ethnic Studies & African American StudiesHistoryMathMusicPhilosophyPhysicsSociology

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Berkeley Connect: a vertical learning community

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Berkeley Connect program components:

1) One-on-one meetings

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Berkeley Connect program components:

2) Small-group meetings

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Berkeley Connect program components:

3) Special events

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Berkeley Connect program components:

4) Field trips

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Berkeley Connect: a vertical learning community

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Spring 2014 exit survey resultsDid Berkeley Connect have a positive influence on your undergraduate experience? 92% positive (78% yes, 14% maybe)

Would you recommend Berkeley Connect to a friend?92% positive (76% yes, 17% maybe)

Was participating in Berkeley Connect a worthwhile use of your time?91% positive (74% yes, 17% maybe)

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berkeleyconnect.berkeley.edu

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