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Island University Hosts National Learning Communities Conference

November 12, 2013

Natl Learning Communities Conference

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas- For more than a decade, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been highly respected for its innovative work with learning communities, but this was the University’s first opportunity to host a learning communities conference.

The annual National Learning Communities Conference for higher education faculty and researchers was hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi from Nov. 7-9 at the Omni Bayfront Hotel. More than 250 guests attended the conference.

“Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a national leader in learning communities,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Huerta, Director of Core Curriculum Programs.  “The opportunity to host this conference is recognition of that role.”

This conference attracts those in higher education from all over the country, along with a few international visitors, to present research and best practices on learning communities. The conference is a chance for faculty and administrators to learn more about the research on educational practices while giving the opportunity to gain new ideas and to get feedback on educational research.

“Conferences like this are important because they promote the dissemination of knowledge and help institutions and faculty identify high-impact practices that promote student learning and success,” said Huerta. “It is also a chance to present and receive constructive criticism on research that can then be submitted for publication in academic journals.”

Delta College, Harper College, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City, Kennesaw State University also participated in hosting this year’s event at the Island University.

In 1994, the University welcomed the first group of first-year students. Faculty and administrators created the First-Year Learning Communities Program. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) is an innovative, nationally-recognized program which helps students make successful academic and social transitions from high school to the University.

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