Do Living and Learning Programs Work?

It’s a question that comes up a lot around bigger universities who are considering or currently have Living and Learning Programs (LLPs) — do they really work? Some mention the increased rate of retention freshman to sophomore year is the purpose behind such programs.  Others will tell you it’s simple for new students to build friendships with common-minded individuals.  No matter what you have heard, you must define a clear goal and mission for your LLP.

Every university has different ways of handling such programs, but these 3 questions must be asked before a full evaluation of the LLPs:

  1. Are you focused on equity and access in your LLPs?  How so?
  2. Would the students in the LLP most likely be retained without the program?
  3. What benefit are students getting in the LLP that other students are not?

Be different in your programming and ensure that the students are not becoming overwhelmed with mandatory events, along with everything else they have going on.


5 Ways to Get Ahead This Fall Semester

Since reshaping my job at the University of Kentucky College of Education to a specific focus on retention, I have been able to interact and build great relationships with students.  It’s interesting that all it takes is a 2-minute hallway conversation to develop a friendship.

As students begin to excitedly anticipate the […] Continue Reading…


Taking Your Next Step (Part 3 of 3): Take Action

Okay, so you have evaluated and worked on changing your personal learning network from the first part of this series.  You found so much success that you decided to read part two and make strides toward your professional learning network.  Through these two steps, you have been able to […] Continue Reading…


Taking Your Next Step (Part 2 of 3): Professional Learning Network

The first step in this series consisted of evaluating and possibly changing your personal learning network.  Aside from your personal network, you will also need to evaluate your professional learning network.  Do not confuse your professional learning network with your current job place.  Your responsibility as a contributing member […] Continue Reading…


Taking Your Next Step (Part 1 of 3): Personal Learning Network

The beginning to taking your next step in life will start with a personal learning network.  Two phrases come to mind when thinking about the personal learning network:

Birds of a feather flock together – A similar phrase would be “you are who you hang with”.  If you have a […] Continue Reading…


Starbucks Consumer Behavior Report

I am a consumer of human interaction and behavior and I find great interest in attempting to understand why we do the things we do. I blame it on my parents. Mom and I could go to the mall and watch people for hours. Dad and I have gone […] Continue Reading…


Interdisciplinary Marriage

Think as if there isn’t a box, not just “outside the box”.  Embrace change and accept your responsibility as a professional within the changing economy and world we live in.  Cross the lines of discipline to collaborate and invent tomorrow’s reality!

In decades past, interracial marriage was unacceptable, interdenominational worship […] Continue Reading…


5 Lessons Learned In a Dental Lab

I felt dirty – like someone would see me sneaking around and I would have to explain what I was doing.

It was late on a Thursday night when I walked into the dental laboratory with my wife and decided to get the bunsen burner going (just for old time […] Continue Reading…


Education and the Future Workforce

My parents have been telling me every since I was born…”You will have to have a Ph.D. to get a job one day!”  Well, they are becoming more and more right (as much as I hate to admit that).  Good.is has created an infographic (in collaboration with Hyperakt and in partnership with University […] Continue Reading…


Enriched Environments and Technology in Schools

Jon Becker tweeted about his experience while visiting the Information Technology High School.  As my curiosity got the best of me, I was anxious to hear about what that high school had going on that was new, innovative, etc.  Much to my surprise, the 1:1 initiative was taken away […] Continue Reading…