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Applying the Best Practices Model
al., 2018). The purpose of this paper is to provide an application of this model to a wellestablished,
constantly evolving learning community program at Cabrini University, a
small private Catholic liberal arts institution outside the city of Philadelphia. Through
a reflective analysis of four LLCs, 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 this model to four intentionally designed
LLCs helps reveal the usefulness of the BPM approach: The tiers are accurate, and
the concept of assessment as the mortar holding tiers together is fitting. At the same time,
evaluating the BPM through this lens points up some directions for further research.
Cabrini University has applied the BPM as a tangible means for reflecting on its
established LLC program's growth and improvement. Detailed below are specifics that
emerge from using this theory as a reflective lens. Concrete examples from the university's
four LLCs are provided throughout, with tangible suggestions for how the
integration of these strategies contributes to retention and student success.
FIGURE 1
The Best Practices Model for LLCs
PINNACLE
Intentional
integration
CO-CURRICULAR
ENVIRONMENT
Study groups
K-12 outreach
Visiting work settings
Career workshops
ACADEMIC
ENVIRONMENT
Courses
for
credit
INFRASTRUCTURE
Clear
goals
& objectives
Collaboration
Reprinted from Living-Learning Communities That Work: A Research-Based Model for Design, Delivery, and
Assessment (p. 18) by K. K. Inkelas et al. Copyright 2018 by Stylus Publishing, LLC. Reprinted with permission.
Academic Affairs
Housing
Adequate
resources
Faculty
advising
Academically
supportive
climate
Socially
supportive
climate
Mortar between the
bricks = assessment
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