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Impacts of Living Learning Communities on Engineering Student Engagement and Sense of Affiliation

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

FPD XI: Assessing First-Year Programs, Experiences, and Communities

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First-Year Programs

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22.803.1 - 22.803.16



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Shannon Ciston University of New Haven

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Shannon Ciston is an Assistant Professor of Multidisciplinary Engineering at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Her background is in Chemical Engineering, with degrees from Northwestern University (Ph.D.) and Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S.). Dr. Ciston's research interests are in two main areas: Engineering Education (including student experience, attitudes, and perceptions) and Sustainability (including impacts of the Chemical and Energy industries on water resources).

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Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, Ph.D. University of New Haven Orcid 16x16

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Assistant Professor of Systems & Multidisciplinary Engineering at the Tagliatela School of Engineering, University of New Haven, CT. Obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2008. Her undergraduate degree is from MIT from the Mechanical Engineering Department received in 2000. Current engineering education research focuses on assessing the impact of exposure to metacognition ideas/skills. Other research interests involve validation of CFD models for aerospace applications, as well as optimizing efficiency of Thermal-Fluid systems.

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Jean Nocito-Gobel University of New Haven

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Jean Nocito-Gobel, an Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of New Haven, received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is currently serving as the Coordinator for the First Year Program. Her professional interests include modeling the transport and fate of contaminants in groundwater and surface water systems, as well as engineering education reform.

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Cory Carr

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Impacts of Living Learning Communities on Engineering Student Engagement and Sense of AffiliationThemed residential communities at university colleges are a long-standing tradition, with roots inEuropean, Asian, American, and other models of higher education. The trend of establishingLiving Learning Communities or other themed living groups at middle- to large-sizeduniversities is on the rise and recent findings from the National Survey of Student Engagementshow that participation in learning communities are correlated with high levels of studentengagement and satisfaction with college. How are Living Learning Communities different fromother learning communities, such as self-formed study groups or disciplinary clubs? How doLiving Learning Communities established in the freshman year impact student affiliation and theformation of student groups throughout the bachelor’s degree program? This study explores theimpacts of a Freshmen Engineering Living Learning Community on student affiliation andengagement within the college of engineering and the university as a whole throughout theduration of the undergraduate degree study, and examines the effects of Living LearningCommunities on establishing student in-groups and out-groups among undergraduate studentsbased on residence status (Living Learning Community, General Residential, Commuter-local,Commuter-distance) and the perceptions of Living Learning Communities at a small privateuniversity. Data will be collected through the use of student surveys, focus groups, andinterviews. This presentation will summarize the methods and findings of this study, and willdiscuss the implications of these findings on the implementation of Engineering Living LearningCommunities and strategies to engage residential and commuter students in university life andacademics.

Ciston, S., & Ph.D., M. C., & Nocito-Gobel, J., & Carr, C. (2011, June), Impacts of Living Learning Communities on Engineering Student Engagement and Sense of Affiliation Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18084

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