Publication Date

5-2009

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Richard Rodman

Abstract

In higher education living learning communities have participants who: "live together on campus, take part in a shared academic endeavor, use resources in their residence environment that were designed specifically for them, and have structured social activities in their residential environment that stress academics" (Inkelas, K.K., Zeller, W.J., Murphy, R.K., & Hummel M.L., 2006, p. 11). International living learning communities are one of the types of culturally themed living learning communities. International living learning communities are typically comprised of international students and domestic students living together in a residence hall who participate in internationally themed events and activities.

In 2006 the University of Arkansas established the Holcombe International Living Learning Community (HILLC). This community is comprised of 140 undergraduate students who participate in multiculturally themed events throughout the school year. The mission is: "the Holcombe International Living Learning Community creates an environment that fosters cultural awareness, develops a broader world outlook, and builds strong, lasting bonds among citizens of the world" (Holcombe Welcome).

Using the theoretical foundations of living learning communities, internationalization and experiential learning, this CLC Capstone paper lays out a redesigned program proposal for the HILLC including plans for program design, curriculum, student admissions, marketing and recruitment, staffing, logistics and evaluation. The reconstructed program is developed for thirty international and domestic students. The paper describes a three-day orientation session, a proposed change in the staffing structure, an assessment plan for student learning and program success, and opportunities for further interdepartmental collaboration.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | International and Comparative Education

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