Freshmen Learning Communities in Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Effective Tool for Enhancing Student Recruitment and Learning Outcomes

Dean Dabney, Georgia State University
Lindsey Green, Georgia State University

A freshman Learning Community (FLC) is a cohort of 20-25 incoming freshmen who are enrolled in the same 5 courses for their first semester of college. Each FLC takes on a topical focus with a department-level representative in charge of course selection and the supervision of a mandotory class on new student orientation. Through careful curricular design and collaboration, FLCs in Criminal Justice can pay significant dividens in the way of recruiting undergraduate majors, enhancing writing and analytical skills, and increasing student retention rates. This paper describes in depth the FLC initiative and its implementation at one Criminal Justice department.

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Updated 05/20/2006