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Living Learning Library Resource Guide: Home

Books and Monographs, Learning Communities

Inkelas, K. K., Jessup-Anger, J. E., Benjamin, M., & Wawrzynski, M. R. (2018).  Living-learning communities that work: A research-based model for design, delivery, and assessment.  Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Lenning, O. T., & Ebbers, L. H. (1999). The Powerful potential of learning communities. (Vol. 26). (No. 6). Washington, D.C: The George Washington University.

Luna, G., & Gahagan, J. (Eds.). (2008). Learning initiatives in the residential setting  (monograph No. 48). Columbia, S.C: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Shapiro, N. S., & Levine, J. H. (1999). Creating learning communities: A practical guide to winning support, organizing for change, and implementing programs. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Smith, B.L., MacGregor, J., Matthews, R.S., & Gabelnick, F. & Associates (2004). Learning  communities: Reforming undergraduate education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  

Smith, B. L. & Williams, L. B. (2007). Learning communities and student affairs: partnering for powerful learning. Olympia, WA: Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, Evergreen State College.  


Journal Articles, Research and Guiding Practices around Student Success


Gahagan, J., & Hunter, M. (2006). The second-year experience: Turning attention to the academy’s middle children. About Campus, 11(3), 17-22. 10.1002/abc.168. 

Graunke, S. S., & Woosley, S. A. (2005). An exploration of factors that affect the academic success of college sophomores. College Student Journal, 39(2), 367-376. 

Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J. H., & Whitt, E. J. (2005, July/August). Never let it rest: Lessons about student success from high-performing colleges and universities. Change. 37 (4), 44-51. 

Tobolowsky, B. (2008). Sophomores in transition: The forgotten year. New Directions for Higher Education, (144), 59-67. Doi:10.1002/he.326


Living Learning Community Research

Journal Articles

Journal Articles, Living-Learning

Brandon, A., Hirt, J., & Cameron, T. (2008). Where you live influences who you know: Differences in student interaction based on residence hall design. Journal of College & University Student Housing, 35(2), 62-79. 

Brower, A. M. (2008, March/April). More like a Home than a Hotel: The impact of living-learning programs on college high-risk drinking.  Journal of College & University Student Housing. 35(1), 32-49. 

Brower, A. M., & Inkelas, K. K. (2010, Spring). Living-learning programs: One high-impact education practice we now know a lot about. Liberal Education. 96(2), 36-43. 

Devlin, A. S., Donavan, S., Nicolov, A., Nold, O., & Zandan, G. (2008). Residence hall architecture and sense of community: Everything old is new again. Environment and Behavior. 40(4), 487-521. Doi: 10.1177/0013916507301128 


Garrett, D., & Zabriskie, M. S. (2004). The influence of living-learning program participation on student-faculty interaction. Journal of College & University Student Housing. 33(1), 38-44. 

Haynes, C., & Janosik, S. M. (2012). Faculty and staff member benefits from involvement in living-learning programs. Journal of College and University Student Housing. 38(2), 32-45. 

Inkelas, K. K. (2008, March/April). Innovative directions for living-learning program research and practice. Journal of College &University Student Housing. 35(1), 8-13. 

Inkelas, K. K.,  Johnson, D., & Lee Z. (2006). The role of living-Learning programs in students’ perceptions of intellectual growth at three large universities. NASPA Journal. 43(1), 115-143.

Inkelas, K. K.,  Zeller, W. J., & Murphy, R. K. (2006, January/February). Learning moves home. About Campus. 10(6), 10-16. 

Inkelas, K. K., Daver, Z. E., Vogt, K. E., & Leonard, J. (2007, June). Living-learning programs and first-generation college students’ academic and social transition to college. Research in Higher Education. 48 (4), 403-434. 

Inkelas, K. K., Vogt, K. E., Longerbeam, S. D.,  Owen, J., & Johnson, D. (2006, January).  Measuring outcomes of living-learning programs: Examining college environments and student learning and development. The Journal of General Education. 55(1), 40-76. 

Inkelas, K., Soldner, M., Longerbeam, & S., Leonard, J. (2008, September). Difference in student outcomes by types of living-learning programs: The development of an empirical typology. Research in Higher Education. 49(6), 495-512. 

Jessup-Anger, J. E., Johnson, B. N. & Wawrynski, M. R. (2012). Exploring living-learning communities as a venue for men’s identity construction.  Journal of College and University Student Housing, 39 (1), 162-175. 

Longerbeam, S. D.,  Inkelas, K. K., & Brower, A. M. (2007). Secondhand benefits: Student outcomes in residence halls with living-learning programs. Journal of College & University Student Housing. 34(2), 20-30. 

Longerbeam, S. D., &  Sedlacek, W. E. (2006, Winter). Attitudes toward diversity and living-learning outcomes among first-and second-year college students. NASPA Journal. 43(1), 40-55.

Pasque, P. A., & Murphy, R. (2005, July/August). The intersections of living-learning programs and social identity as factors of academic achievement and intellectual engagement. Journal of College Student Development. 46(4), 429-441.

Petracchi, H. E., Weaver, A., Engel, R. J., Kolivoski, K. M., & Das, Rachelle. (2010, April/September). An assessment of service learning in a university living-learning community: Implications for community engagement. Journal of Community Practice. 18(2/3), 252-266.

Purdie II, J. R., & Rosser, V. J. (2011). Examining the academic performance and retention of first-year students in living-learning communities and first-year experience courses. College Student Affairs Journal. 29(2), 95-112.

Rowan-Kenyon, H., Soldner, M., & Inkelas, K. K. (2007, Fall). The contributions of living-learning programs on developing sense of civic engagement in undergraduate students.  NASPA Journal. 44(4), 750-778.

Shushok, F., & Sriram, R. (2009). Exploring the effect of a residential academic affairs-student affairs partnership: The first year of an engineering and computer science living-learning center. Journal of College & University Student Housing. 36(2), 68-81. 

Stewart, G. M. (2008, March/April). Assessing learning outcomes in living-learning programs: One journey. Journal of College & University Student Housing. 35(1), 50-65. http://

Strothmann, M., & Antell, K. (2010). The live-in librarian: Developing library outreach to university residence halls. Reference & User Services Quarterly. 50(1), 48-58. Retrieved from


Szelényi, K., &  Inkelas, K. (2011, June).  The role of living-learning programs in women’s plans to attend graduate school in STEM fields.  Research in Higher Education. 52(4), 349-369. 

Wawrzynski, M. R., &  Jessup-Anger, J. E. (2010, March/April). From expectations to experiences: Using a structural typology to understand first-year student outcomes in academically based living-learning communities. Journal of College Development. 51(2), 201-217.

Wawrzynski, M. R., Jessup-Anger, J. E., & Stolz, K. (2009). Exploring students perceptions of academically based living-learning communities. College Student Affairs Journal. 28(1), 138-158.

Whiteman, D. (2009, April/May). Creating a “green bubble” on campus: A model for programming in a green living-learning community. Journal of College & University Student Housing. 36(1), 38-47. 

Zeller, W. J. (2008). Living-learning programs in the digital age. The Journal of College and University Student Housing. 35(1), 66-77.   


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Books and Monographs


Cook, J. H., & Lewis, C. A. (Eds.). (2007). Student and academic affairs: The divine comity.  Washington, D.C: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and American College Personnel Association.


Evans, N. J., Forney, D. S., Guido, F. M., & Renn, K. A. (2010). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice. (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Habley, W. R., Bloom, J. L., & Robbins, S. (2012).  Increasing persistence: Research-based strategies for college student success.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2007). Millenials go to college (2nd ed.). Great Falls, VA: LifeCourse Associates.  


Hunter, M. S., Tobolowsky, B. F., & Gardner. (Eds.). (2010). Helping sophomores succeed: Understanding and improving the second-year experience. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.  


Keeling, R.P. (Ed.). (2004). Learning reconsidered: A campus-wide focus on the student experience. Washington, D.C: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and American College Personnel Association. 

Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J. Schuh, J. H., Whitt, E. J. & Associates. (2005). Student success in college: Creating conditions that matter.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.  

Pascarella, E. T., & Terenzini, P. T. (2005). How college affects students: A third decade of research. (Vol. 2). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

Renn, K. A., & Reason, R. D. (2012). College students in the United States: Characteristics, experiences, and outcomes. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

Schreiner, L. A., & Pattengale, J. (Eds.). (2000). Visible solutions for invisible students: Helping sophomores succeed (Monograph No. 31). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. 

Schreiner, L. A., Louis, M. C., & Nelson, D. D. (Eds.). (2012). Thriving in transition: A research-based approach to college student success.  Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. 


Seidman, A. (Ed.). (2005). College student retention: Formula for student success. Westport, CT: Praeger. 


Skipper, T. L. (2005). Student Development in the first college year: A primer for college educators.  Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. 


Tinto, V. (1994). Leaving college: Rethinking the causes and cures of student retention. (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press. 


Upcraft, M. L., Gardner, J. N., & Barefoot, B. O. (Eds.). (2005). Challenging & supporting the first-year student: A handbook for improving the first year of college. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.