Iowa State's LC's among the top programs

ISU Learning Communities listed among top ranked programs in the nation (September 2019)

ISU Learning Communities rated among stellar programs in the nation (September 2017)

US News and World Report once again identifies Iowa State's learning communities among the top 25 programs in the nation.(September 2015)

For the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News places Iowa State in an elite group of colleges and universities that provide learning communities. (August 2010)

ISU's Learning Communities rank among nation's best (September 2005)


Featured Article Archive

BOLD creates a place to escape for multicultural students (2019)

Student Stories: Undecided student finds her way in the College of Human Sciences (video)

MELTs peer mentor wins ISU Student Employee of the Year (2019)

Student Stories: Peer mentor helps others find their path through MINDS (2019)

ISU 4U Promise students busy wrapping up first year on campus (2019)

Steven Waddell uses personal experience to fight disparities in education (2018)

Coordinator Spotlight: Change Agent, Cinzia Cervato (August 2018)

Fall 2018 Mechanical Engineering Learning Community Design Competition (video)

Five things to know about our learning communities (April 2018)

Soaring to opportunity (January 2017)

Learning communities key to Iowa State student success (October 2016)

An adventure with open arms (June 2016)

Learning communities: Adventuring together (February 2016)

Mechanical engineering student received Allian Energy/Erroll B. Davis Jr. Award (May 2016)

Students served by learning communities grows 40 percent in five years (December 2015)

Iowa State students encourage Omaha first-graders to attend college (December 2015)

Save Planet Earth: Students tag monarch butterflies to track migration (September 2015)

Learning communities promote academic and social support (December 2014)

Battling wind, rain, calculus and physics in the name of meteorology (September 2014)

Multicultural Learning Community Explores Biorenewables (2014)

Student Learning Community Tours Biorenewables Research Laboratory (April 2013)

Adventures in leading and learning (March 2013)

Learning community supports undecided students (October 2012)

She wrote the book on helping students succeed (February 2012)

A jump start for first-year students (December 2011)

Science meets art on the river in Iowa State University learning community (December 2011)

Learning communities transform student peer mentors into leaders at Iowa State (January 2011)

New food pantry designed for students, by students (January 2011)

Iowa State offers English course geared toward horticulture students (September 2010)


News Archive

ISU Learning Communities Receives 2009 NASPA Promising Practices Award

Learn more about the Promising Practices Award

Skunk River Navy receives the 2005 Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Award

The Skunk River Navy was recognized with an award from the State of Iowa - the 2005 Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Award. The award ceremony was held Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 2:00 PM in the State Historical Society Building auditorium in Des Moines. Award letter from Governor Tom Vilsack

Consultants' Visit Successful

Pat Hutchings, vice-president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Barbara Leigh Smith, Co-Director of the National Learning Communities Project at Evergreen State College visited Iowa State in February.  The focus of their visit was faculty development and involvement in learning communities.

Hutchings and Smith developed a report that highlighted both strengths and recommendations for improvement.  The full report and an Executive Summary can be accessed below.  The Executive Summary provides excerpts from the full report. 
Full report
Executive Summary

Report: Where Are Learning Communities Now? National Leaders Take Stock
(About Campus, May-June, 2005, by Jean MacGregor and Barbara Leigh Smith)