Learning Communities, Success, and Perceptions
           Deborah Balzhiser, Texas State University-San Marcos
           Peter Ingwersen, Texas State University-San Marcos

ABSTRACT  
The authors compared participants of living-learning communities to non-community residents in terms 
of retention, GPA, and perceptions. They analyzed institutional data and results from a national 
survey about perceptions. During a six-year period, those living in communities had higher GPAs and 
retention rates. Among all communities, the largest was most often satisfied on all but one factor. 
Contrary to the literature, smaller communities were satisfied least often in four of six factors. 
Non-community students were most satisfied in one factor and lowest in another. 
 
		Academic Exchange Quarterly Fall 2011: Volume 15, Issue 3  
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