Submitting a Proposal for a Learning Community

Proposals for a new learning community are to be submitted electronically to Tae.Nosaka@colostate.edu, University Learning Communities Coordinator.  Learning Community proposals will be reviewed initially by the Learning Communities ACUA Subcommittee and then submitted with comments for final approval to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. Please contact Tae.Nosaka@colostate.edu for the proposal template.

Partnering with Housing and Dining Services for Residential Learning Community Space

Inquiries about learning community space (beds and/or programmatic spaces) will involve a meeting that includes the Director of Residence Life and the requesting party to discuss the process and timeline.  Planning even for existing beds requires significant lead time, and the Housing marketing timeline normally requires an 18-month period for full implementation.  The timeframe for construction and occupancy of new building space is measured in years.  Major program considerations, including learning enrichment, academic connections, recruitment, marketing, program strategies, and staffing will be discussed as well as the connection of the program to space needs. The proposal with comments will then be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (VPUA). The VPSA and VPUA convene a group that will include the ULCC, Executive Director of Housing and Dining Services, Associate VPSA/Special Advisor to the Provost for Retention, and Director of Residence Life to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the proposals.  The VPSA and VPUA then formulate a recommendation and convey it to the Provost/Executive VP.  The Provost/Executive VP decides whether proposal(s) are approved.  If approved, the Provost/Executive VP determines how the proposal will move through other approval processes (e.g., University Space Committee).

At all points along the process, it is encouraged that programs consult with the University Learning Communities Coordinator and Director of Residence Life (for Residential Learning Communities) to ensure discussion of all major program considerations, including learning enrichment, academic connections, recruitment, marketing, program strategies, and staffing. The quality of the student experience is a primary factor in evaluating proposals for learning communities. Strong proposals will demonstrate a clear presence of student affairs and academic affairs partnership, have a strong academic focus (credit-bearing classes, study groups, access to faculty, engagement pedagogy such as service-learning or integrative learning), and demonstrate clear learning objectives.