Summer Institute 2009

19th Annual National Summer Institute on Learning Communities

This is one of the best conferences I have ever attended. It was well organized beyond belief and, unlike some others, the information was so focused to our team’s needs that I don’t feel like we wasted even one minute on information we won’t use.
– Institute participant

July 10-13, 2017

Applications are now being accepted!
Space is limited - apply early!

Early Bird Discount

Submit application by January 31, 2017 - Registration fee, $1,325.00 per person

After January 31, 2017 - $1,350.00 per person (applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis)

Registration fee includes:

  • On-campus housing from Monday through Thursday night
    (note: the institute ends Thursday evening at approximately 8:30 pm after final team presentations)
  • All materials, concurrent sessions and plenaries
  • All meals (except Wednesday dinner) starting with dinner on Monday and culminating with a grab-n-go breakfast on Friday morning

Please note: teams are responsible for their own transportation to/from the institute.

Team size and information

Teams generally range in size from five to eight members. Because learning communities require support from offices across campus, the strongest teams include people who work in a mix of roles on campus: faculty who teach in the LC program, at least one person from student services, and an academic administrator who will be responsible for the program. Teams need a point person for faculty/professional development, and an assessment lead.

About the Institute

The National Summer Institute on Learning Communities has been held annually since 1998 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Teams from both public and independent institutions have found the institute invaluable in creating, expanding, and improving their learning community programs.

Colleges and universities selected for the institute are matched with resource faculty who are leaders in learning community work and other reform movements in higher education. Team projects at the institute vary depending on institutional and program needs, but every team develops a campus-specific action plan.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits are an available option for participants attending the National Summer Institute on Learning Communities through San Diego State University–College of Extended Studies.

San Diego State Univerity-College of Extended Studies

“At SDSU, graduate level professional development courses for teachers are given the course number ED X997. Courses approved for ED X997 credit are fully reviewed and approved by the faculty of the College of Education. These graduate level courses are designed to meet the needs of educators who wish to develop or continue the study of a current topic. Courses numbered at the 900 level are not designed to be applicable to graduate programs at SDSU but like all transferable credit may, with approval from the receiving institution, be applicable to degrees at that institution.”

Elevator Speech

YouTube video from New Mexico Highlands University team final presentation at the Institute in 2015

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