Communities began in 1974 when our Liberal Arts and Sciences Clusters were
created. In the early nineties,
LaGuardia took the national lead in establishing learning communities for
students who came to college needing developmental courses. Today, our Learning Communities include ESL
courses paired with introductory courses in the major, First Year Experience
Academies, virtual learning communities, and developmental math and English or
critical thinking pairs.
A longstanding commitment to
Learning Communities is central to LaGuardia’s mission to meet the needs of all our entering
students. Consistent with national data,
our assessment data shows that learning community students have a higher
retention rate and pass their courses with higher grades. LaGuardia’s Learning Communities deepen
students’ learning; they help students reflect on and develop academic goals and
In professional development
seminars supported by the Center, faculty work together to create integrated
assignments, discuss ways to help their students meet academic challenges, and
investigate best practices in assessing student work.
For more details, please visit the Learning Communities site.
LaGuardia's Learning Communities site