Learning communities are groups of 6-24 students taking the same interdisciplinary set of 2-5 courses, the instructors of which often collaborate to integrate their courses around a theme or problem.
First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs): FIGs are two or more courses of different disciplines shared by a cohort of 10-50 first-year students. FIGs usually are assembled around a common theme; the instructors may or may not coordinate their syllabi to connect their courses around that theme.
Upper Division Pairs and Clusters: Pairs are two courses from different disciplines; clusters are more than two. They function like FIGs except they may be aimed at sophomores or upper-division students.
Coordinated Studies: Coordinated Studies encompass all of a student’s courses in a semester. Typically five or more courses are involved. The instructors coordinate instruction, organize field-trips, invite guest speakers, and share some lectures.
Research nationwide shows that learning communities