Learning communities have been receiving attention by the higher education community in recent years (Cross, 1998; Smith, 2001; Stassen 2003). The attention around learning communities seems to largely be centered around their apparent wide-ranging benefits for student outcomes, including improved student retention, achievement and engagement. This research focuses on which types of students may be most successful in learning community programs in a college setting. Specifically, we wanted to understand if and how the Hogan Personality Inventory, and other motivational factors predict learning community student outcomes such as GPA, retention, and program engagement. None of the original hypotheses were supported. Limitations of the study, as well as considerations for future research are discussed. A better understanding of what types of students thrive in learning community programs could lead to improvements in program planning, selection, and student retention.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Haffield, N. (2017). Individual Differences as Predictors of Success for Learning Community Students [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/713/
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