Research in Higher Education

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 115-138

First online:

Adding Value: Learning Communities and Student Engagement

  • Chun-Mei ZhaoAffiliated withThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Email author 
  • , George D. KuhAffiliated withIndiana University Bloomington

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


This study examines the relationships between participating in learning communities and student engagement in a range of educationally purposeful activities of first-year and senior students from 365 4-year institutions. The findings indicate that participating in a learning community is positively linked to engagement as well as student self-reported outcomes and overall satisfaction with college.

learning communities college students student development student engagement effective educational practices integrative learning