Building Community Between First-Year Foundation Students on a Commuter Campus


Jamie Albert
Stefanie Pettys
John Wolfer


In this paper, we will review the pedagogical role of Learning Communities in the first-year experience and share planning and implementation strategies used at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. We will discuss the impact that cohort scheduling, learning communities, and peer mentoring has had on first-year student retention, morale and academic success. Finally, we’ll examine past and present practices, as well as future plans to strengthen the program.