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Learning Community Administrator FAQs

Learning Community professionals across the country often ask us questions about our learning community program at Syracuse University.  Below are asnwers to some of the common questions we are asked.

How long has your program been in existence?

The current Learning Community program started in 1998 and has been going strong ever since. The Office of Learning Communities wasn't created until 2003.  However, SU has a long history of learning communities...check out the History page under About Us for a complete overview.

What is your office's reporting structure?

The Office of Learning Communites is a partnership between Academic Affairs and the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience...and as such reports through two distinct areas, the Office of the Associate Provost (Academic Affairs) and the Office of Residence Life (Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience).  See our organizational chart for further details.

Where does your office receive its funding?

We are funded by Academic Affairs.

How do you recruit students to join your LCs?

We advertise our LCs on our website, in the Your Admissions booklet, in the LC brochure, as well as certain LCs being highlighted on various School and College websites.  The Admissions recruiting staff is familiar with LCs and talk about them to prospective students. We also have a recruitment table at the Spring Receptions where prospective students and parents come to visit campus and get information about all that SU offers. Finally, all first year students apply for housing and LCs through the Housing Office on-line application, therefore every first-year students will see the LC offerrings.

Does it cost students anything to join or participate in a LC?

No. There are no costs for students in our LC program.

What departments/offices are involved with your LCs?

We have partnerships across SU with Admissions, Army ROTC, Career Services, First Year and Transfer Programs, Health and Wellness Promotions, Housing, Institutional Research and Assessment, the LGBT Resource Center, Multicultural Affairs, Publications, Recreation Services, Residence Life, Registrars Office, Slutzker Center for International Services, and Student Activities. We also have relationships with various advising, teaching, and student support roles across all the Schools & Colleges, the Renée Crown University Honors Program, and the Writing Program.

How are faculty and staff involved with your LCs?

Each Learning Community has a LC Team comprised of the team leader, the residence director, the resident advisor, as well as additional faculty and staff members.  Annually, 130+ faculty and staff colleagues from across SU are involved to help plan activities, teach courses, provide academic advising, and connect directly with LC students to create meaningful relationships and enhance students’ on-campus experiences.

How do you recruit faculty & staff to work with your LCs?

LCs have become such a part of SU that when we have an LC opening, many times the previous faculty or the department will recruit the replacement for us.

Do you compensate the faculty and staff who work with your LCs?

Yes and No. We can't offically pay the LC faculty and staff for their work.  However, we do give them a monetary stipend to be used towards their professional development.  Thats our way of saying thank you to them for their outstanding work.

How do you assess your LCs?

We assess our LC program in a myriad of ways (too many to go over here). Check out the Learning Community Assessment page under the LC Administrators part of our website.

How flexible/static is your LC program?

We feel like our LC program as well as our individual LCs are very flexible. New LCs are created as others are discontinued.  Each year, it is possible for LCs to change in size, residence hall location, and class connections.  We use our assessment as a major way to inform what changes are needed in our LC program.