Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Major

Adolescent to Young Adult - Integrated Mathematics

Research Sponsor

Dr. Lynne Pachnowski

First Reader

Brian Butler

Second Reader

Bianca Hicks

Abstract

The goal of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the current LLC model that is used at The University of Akron. In this study, a survey was given to two groups of residence hall students in South Hall: first year living learning community students, and first year non-living learning community students. The responses from these surveys were compared to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the living learning communities on first year students. Then, interviews were conducted with the LLC residents to find common themes that were successful or unsuccessful within the LLCs. Surveys were also given to the RAs of the LLCs in South Hall to determine the effectiveness of holding a leadership position for an LLC, and these RAs were also interviewed to search for common successes or shortcomings within the LLCs in South Hall. The findings for LLC students indicated slight differences between the experiences of LLC and non-LLC students, and the findings from the resident assistants indicated that there is room for improvement within the program.

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