The impact of a living learning community on first-year engineering students

Margaret A. Flynn, Jess W. Everett, Dex Whittinghill

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of an engineering living and learning community (ELC) on first-year engineering students. A control group of non-ELC students was used to compare the experiences of the ELC participants. Analysis of survey data showed that there was significant differences between the ELC students and the non-ELC students in how they responded to questions regarding social support, academic support, connectedness to campus, and satisfaction with the College of Engineering and the institution as a whole. Particularly, there were significant differences between ELC and non-ELC students for questions related to feeling like part of an engineering community, having strong relationships with peers, belonging to a supportive peer network, studying with engineering peers, and spending time with classmates outside of class.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-341
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 3 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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