Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 31

Theory to Practice:
Applying the Best Practices Model (BPM)
for Living-Learning Communities at
Cabrini University
LEARNING COMMUNITY PROGRAMS, like many other forms of higher
education, are at risk from the effects of financial constraints, systemic racism, and
pressures from outside constituents that are forcing institutional leaders to face
difficult decisions that result in cutting budgets and closing programs. During these
tumultuous times, learning community programs should not only be retained,
but also expanded and improved to align with best practices in order to create
inclusive campuses, strengthen community, increase students' sense of belonging,
and foster faculty-student relationships. This intentional approach will result in
higher student retention, satisfaction, and persistence rates. In 2018, Inkelas and
colleagues developed the Best Practices Model (BPM), which presents a pyramid
of what they call the " building blocks " of a successful living-learning community
program. The purpose of this paper is to provide an application of this model to
a well-established, constantly evolving learning community program. Through a
reflective analysis of four living-learning communities, this paper seeks to be the first
to apply this theory to practice, specifically articulating how this model can be used
for reflection on as well as assessment and improvement of a program. Applying
the model in this way allows living-learning programs to reinforce the building
blocks of their program in an era when these high-impact practices need to become
permanent features of a campus's culture in order to survive the challenges facing
higher education in the present and beyond.
O
ur world has encountered an array of complex challenges from systemic racism
and gender inequities to a pandemic and extreme poverty. These injustices
remain unresolved, and our society is still navigating their impact in the
midst of a polarized political climate. In light of these challenges, institutions of higher
education, particularly small liberal arts colleges and universities, must rethink
what it means to educate today's college student. Navigating this landscape must
Volume 48, No. 2 * 2022 31

Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2

Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - intro
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - Cover1
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - Cover2
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 1
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 2
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 3
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 4
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 5
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 6
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 7
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 8
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 9
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 10
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 11
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 12
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 13
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 14
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 15
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 16
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 17
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 18
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 19
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 20
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 21
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 22
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 23
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 24
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 25
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 26
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 27
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 28
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 29
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 30
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 31
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 32
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 33
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 34
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 35
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 36
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 37
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 38
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 39
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 40
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 41
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 42
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 43
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 44
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 45
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 46
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 47
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 48
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 49
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 50
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 51
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 52
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 53
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 54
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 55
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 56
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 57
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 58
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 59
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 60
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 61
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 62
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 63
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 64
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 65
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 66
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 67
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 68
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 69
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 70
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 71
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 72
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 73
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 74
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 75
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 76
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 77
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 78
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 79
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 80
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 81
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 82
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 83
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 84
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 85
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 86
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 87
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 88
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 89
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 90
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 91
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 92
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 93
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 94
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 95
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 96
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 97
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 98
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 99
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 100
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 101
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 102
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 103
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 104
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 105
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 106
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 107
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 108
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 109
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 110
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 111
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - 112
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - Cover3
Journal of College & University Student Housing Volume 48, No. 2 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/acuho-i/acuho/journal_vol48no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/acuho-i/acuho/journal_vol48no1
https://www.nxtbook.com/acuho-i/acuho/journal_vol47no3
https://www.nxtbook.com/acuho-i/acuho/journal_vol47no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/acuho-i/acuho/journal_vol47no1
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol46no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol46no3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol46no1
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol45no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol45no3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol45no1
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol44no3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol44no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol44no1
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol43no3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol43no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol43no1
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol42no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol42no3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol41no2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol40no2
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com