Learning Communities are formed through the “intentional
restructuring of students’ time, credit, and learning experiences to build
community and to foster more explicit connections among students and their
teachers, and among disciplines” (Barbara Leigh Smith, et al. March 1997). At
LaGuardia, the most popular, successful, and long-standing Learning Communities
are the Liberal Arts Clusters.
Liberal Arts Clusters consist of five courses arranged
around a theme developed by faculty with student interests in mind. Faculty
create shared assignments and common readings to help students make connections
between the various disciplines. All entering full time Liberal Arts students
register for a Liberal Arts Cluster with a theme they find interesting and with
a schedule that works for them.
The Center for Teaching and Learning supports a monthly
seminar for faculty teaching in Clusters in order to share ideas for
integration and develop new Learning Community initiatives. CTL also supports a
Liberal Arts Showcase once a semester, where Cluster students showcase their
For more details, please visit the Learning Communities site.
LaGuardia's Learning Communities(Liberal Arts Clusters)