Learning Communities Mission, Goals, & Outcomes
The mission of the Learning Communities Program at Saint Louis University is to create intentional, inclusive communities formed around common themes where students live and learn together. Engaging the Jesuit tradition of truth-seeking and reflection, Learning Communities invite students to integrate their learning in and out of class. These communities cultivate holistic student growth and enhance learning by fostering collaborative and enduring connections among students, faculty, and staff.
Goals of Learning Communities
• feel a sense of belonging with the University community (faculty, staff and students).
• experience a smooth transition from high school to college.
• have a well-designed introduction to the Jesuit process of "educating of the whole person" and living out the Five Dimensions of the SLU Experience.
• explore with members of the faculty and staff connections between experiences inside and outside the classroom.
• inquire into areas of personal academic interest in ways that are designed to be helpful in settling on a major and in taking the first steps toward a calling or career.
• be exposed to a service experience in the context of Jesuit education/philosophy
• discover the value of intentional communities in developing habits of reflection and in reconciling people of different personalities, backgrounds, and social groups.
• as a preparation for collaborative endeavors in later life, experience the support, creativity, and dynamism that such communities are able to foster.
Learning Outcomes of Learning Communities for First-Year Students
• develop networks of peers with similar personal and career interests.
• understand the fit among their personality, values, interests, skills, and abilities and their career choices.
• be knowledgeable of available academic and career resources at SLU.
• organize study sessions and use peer support networks.
• be comfortable talking with faculty.
• have an appreciation for diversity in people and experiences.
• develop a sense of responsibility for and to others.
• be confident in their academic abilities.
• see the connections between classroom learning and experiences outside the classroom.