Connecting Living and Learning
“Research indicates that living learning community students are more successful academically, feel more connected to the university, and are retained at higher rates,” says Ana Hernandez, dean of Housing & Residential Education at USF. “This can be an intimidating institution for some students by virtue of its size. Having a place to celebrate and connect with people having the same challenges and experiences makes a huge difference in our students’ success.”
The new GC LLC will offer a unique living experience in Holly Apartments for first and second year students from select colleges who are participating in the university’s Global Citizenship General Education Program, an innovative version of USF's Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum. The program includes coursework and co-curricular activities that are designed to enhance students’ global thinking. By offering an LLC to partner with this program, students will have the opportunity to integrate and apply classroom knowledge in their living environment and practice skills necessary to study abroad. The GC LLC will be of particular interest to students pursuing degrees and careers related to global issues, including environmental and cultural sustainability, public and community health, economic development and sustainable enterprise, human rights and social justice, global education, and the arts.
“The new Global Citizenship LLC is an excellent way for USF students interested in global learning to jump into this outstanding general education program at USF,” says Janet Moore, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies. “Students will quickly find a new home that leads them to new opportunities around the world.”
In partnership with the College of Education, the new EDU LLC will open in Fall 2013 in Beta Hall, providing an exclusive opportunity for 30 first-year students majoring in education. Participation in this LLC offers students a powerful vehicle for transitioning from high school into the university community as they explore the broad range of careers open to education majors and prepare for admission into the college. Specifically, students will co-enroll in two courses, have joint service opportunities, get to know the faculty of the College of Education, and meet guest speakers and local educators who are leaders in their respective fields.
"We, in the College of Education, are excited about this new partnership," said Harold Keller, interim dean of the College of Education. "The Education LLC will enable students to develop an understanding of educational settings and how they, as future educator leaders, might relate to multiple educator roles. Opportunities for service, educational research, and mentoring will be available."
The addition of the GC and EDU LLCs brings the total number of LLCs at USF to 12, with expected participation of more than 1,000 students. Other LLCs include: Bulls Business Community, Engineering LLC, Green LLC, Honors Living Learning Community, Leadership LLC, Pre-Nursing LLC, ROTC LLC, Transfer-a-Bull Community, Wellness LLC, and the ZAP/Mass Communications LLC.
For more information about USF’s living learning communities, visit www.usf.edu/housing/LLC or contact Jennifer Perkins, program director for Living Learning Communities at 813-974-4998.