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Linked Learning Communities
Developmental Education

Overall, the effects of linked learning communities on academic achievement, degree attainment, postsecondary enrollment, credit accumulation, and progress in developmental education for postsecondary students were neither statistically significant nor large enough to be considered to be substantively important. Therefore, the WWC considers linked learning communities to have no discernible effects on these outcomes for community college students in developmental education.

Linked learning communities in postsecondary education are programs defined by having social and curricular linkages that provide undergraduate students with intentional integration of the themes and concepts that they are learning. Linked learning communities are based on the theory that active learning in a community-based setting can improve academic outcomes by increasing social and academic integration. Linked learning communities tend to have a shared intellectual theme with a linked or integrated curriculum and a community or common cohort of learners.

Findings

4
studies that met standards out of
16
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Academic achievement Potentially positive effects PS
Access and enrollment No discernible effects PS
Attainment No discernible effects PS
Credit accumulation and persistence No discernible effects PS
Progress in developmental education No discernible effects PS

Last Updated: November 2014

Race

Asian
7%
Black
36%
White
21%
Other or unknown
40%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
32%
Not Hispanic or Latino
68%

Gender

Male: 43%
Female: 57%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Individual
Small Group

Urbanicity

Rural
Urban

Locations

NY, FL, MD, TX, CA
Northeast, South, West
Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Development Services Group, Inc. under contract ED–IES–12–C–0084.

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