How can learning communities be designed to reduce transfer student stress and enhance their learning? This study was designed to investigate the impact of the Criminal Justice Transfer Learning Community experience on its participants’ level of identified stressors over time and their means of coping with those stressors. The Criminal Justice Transfer Learning Community extended for two terms, and was designed to facilitate students’ integration into the university and the criminal justice community. Students in the learning community were asked on multiple occasions to identify stressors and rate their intensity. According to the students, the largest impact on stress reduction was the feeling of belonging to their learning community cohort and the university community.
Coston, C. T.
, Lord, V. B.
, Monell, J. S.
Improving the Success of Transfer Students: Responding to Risk Factors.
Learning Communities Research and Practice, 1(1), Article 11.
Available at: http://washingtoncenter.evergreen.edu/lcrpjournal/vol1/iss1/11