Summer Institute 2009

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

The National Summer Institute on Learning Communities has been held annually since the mid-1990’s 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. The work of each team at the institute varies, depending on their institutional and program needs. Institutions starting or expanding their programs will leave the institute with a two-year action plan. Those considering learning communities will create a well-developed program proposal. Workshops and consultations are designed to support teams' work on proposals and plans relevant to their institution.

To watch a YouTube video that a team from New Mexico Highlands University made reflecting their experience at the Institute in 2015, follow this link.

Teams generally range in size from five to ten members.

The 2017 institute will be held July 10-14, 2017 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

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