Designing a Sophomore Living-Learning Community

(Retired) | Last updated April 30, 2015

Course Length

1h 33m

Last Updated

April 30, 2015

Designing a Sophomore Living-Learning Community

(Retired) | Last updated April 30, 2015


A well-designed sophomore living experience program applies student development theory to sophomores, fosters student engagement, increases interaction with faculty and staff, and increases retention.

Join us online to learn specific steps you can take to get your sophomore living-learning community program off the ground or what you can do to improve an existing program. Our expert instructors will share information about the following:

  • Considerations to use when designing a sophomore living-learning community
  • Identifying partnerships you need to pursue for an effective sophomore living-learning community
  • How to assess the success of your program using best practices and national assessment instruments

Who should attend?

Administrators interested in creating a living component for the sophomore-year experience or those who are seeking ways to enhance their existing program will benefit from this webcast.


  • Guiding framework for a sophomore living-learning community
    • Theory and models
    • The developmental stages of sophomores
    • Student needs and learning outcomes
  • Sophomore living-learning program design considerations
    • Important partnerships
    • Policies and procedures
    • The resident advisor’s role
    • Community, academic success initiatives, and faculty-student interaction
  • Institutional Examples
    • Brief overviews from 7 institutions
    • In-depth look at University of South Carolina
  • Anticipating and avoiding common stumbling blocks
    • Tips
    • Student involvement in planning
    • Assessment

Why is this event retired?

At AI we want to always ensure that the best and most current trainings are available to members, and we regularly review our trainings to ensure that is the case.