Learning Community Success

The Learning Communities Program is intended to promote a variety of activities commonly linked with enhanced general education outcomes:

  • Stronger student academic achievement
  • Higher levels of student retention
  • Greater student-to-student interaction and social support networks
  • Increased faculty-student interaction
  • Established academic support networks
  • Eased transition to college
  • Higher levels of satisfaction with college experience

Specific to Minnesota State Mankato, data shows the difference in year 1 retention rates, GPAs, 4-year and 6-year graduation rates of first time, full-time undergraduate students who were in a learning community and those who were not. All indicators are more positive for the students who participated in a learning community. 

 Undergraduate First Time, Full-Time Students

 

In Learning Community

Not in Learning Community

1 Year Retention Rates

         Fall 2017

         Fall 2018

         Fall 2019

         Fall 2020

 

87.0%

88.5%

82.6%

78.4%

 

71.1%

75.7%

77.3%

71.4%

GPA

          Fall 2015

          Fall 2016

          Fall 2017

 

3.06

3.16

3.20

 

2.81

2.94

2.93

4 Year Graduation Rates

          Fall 2014

          Fall 2015

          Fall 2016

 

25.2%

30.3%

34.1%

 

26.5%

25.8%

27.6%

6 Year Graduation Rates

          Fall 2013

          Fall 2014

          Fall 2015

 

57.6%

55.7%

61.2%

 

49.5%

50.7%

51.1%

Note:  Power BI using only In or Not In Learning Community as Filter