Learning Communities

Learning Communities (LCs) at Colorado State University are a high-impact practice that bring strategically defined cohorts of students together around a common purpose to enrich learning, provide a sense of community, and empower them to become engaged campus and global citizens. The experience is highly structured, integrating within and between curricular and co-curricular elements. In alignment with the CSU Student Success Initiatives, Learning Communities explicitly focus on equity and serve students who are first generation to college (FG), racially minoritized (RM), and/or limited income (defined as Pell recipient).

Please see our Learning Communities Student Success Interactive Report to compare learning community participants to one another and to non-LC peers. This interactive report classifies students as learning community participants based on their LC status in their cohort term. A student’s Cohort Learning Community refers to the broader community group to which they belong (i.e., “Key Communities”) while their Cohort Learning Community Cluster refers to their specific community nested within that group (i.e., “Key Civic Community” or the “Key Explore Community”, etc.).

Historically, reports have been compiled on an annual basis to assess demographic characteristics as well as student success outcomes (e.g., persistence, GPA, etc.) of LC participants by most recent cohort. A March 2021 report provides a 5-year summary of first-time, full-time (FTFT) learning community students in cohorts FA16 through FA20, comparing their backgrounds and academic outcomes to reference groups comprised of CSU students (including a “CSU Overall” reference group).