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Learning Communities Committee


The Learning Communities Committee (LCC) is a standing committee that serves at the request of the Vice President for Instruction. Composed of faculty, staff, and administration, this committee encourages and fosters learning communities’ development and participation in planning and maintenance of academic standards, primarily through quarterly meetings to review applications for new and revised learning communities composed of Coordinated Studies courses, linked courses, and integrated course assignments.
The LCC reviews new and revised courses submitted by faculty. The committee considers compliance with college standards, accreditation standards, and alignment with the college mission, values, and learning outcomes. All new and revised learning communities must be reviewed and approved by the LCC prior to instruction. The LCC maintains and facilitates documents related to the learning communities’ approval process.

Learning Communities Committee Goals

1).  Administration – Develop and implement a plan that sustains and documents learning communities.

2).  Promotion – Promote the values and pedagogies of diverse learning communities.

3).  Creation – Strengthen and support the creation of successful learning communities and the creative processes done within them.

4).  Evaluation – Evaluate learning communities in relationship to the mission and values of the college.



The LCC chair is appointed by the Vice President. The chair receives one third (1/3) release time or other arrangements as agreed upon to carry out LCC responsibilities. The chair serves a three-year term.


LCC members serve a three-year term. Representation includes at least:






A quorum consists of 50% (rounded up) plus one of the current LCC membership

Actions Requiring a Vote

The following actions by LC require approval by a simple majority of the quorum:

E-mail Discussion

In the interest of expediency, some decisions can be made by e-mail. In this case, at least 50% plus one member must respond to the e-mail vote. For example:

Course Approval Process

Process Overview

The LCC accepts learning communities’ proposals for review once each quarter. Learning communities’ proposals must include all required documentation in order to be considered. Required documentation is described and forms are provided on the Learning Communities Establishment and Revision Guide Web page.

Timing and Deadlines

In general, learning communities must be proposed at least two (2) years before being offered to allow time for any necessary revisions and to meet the publication deadline for the quarterly schedule, exceptions will be made as time allows and at the discretion of the chair with approval from the committee. The committee’s learning communities review deadline typically falls in the third or fourth week of the quarter. Committee members review proposals received by that deadline and discuss them at a review meeting usually scheduled about two weeks later. Proposing faculty are invited to attend the meeting.
After the meeting, the LCC chair notifies the proposing faculty of the committee’s conclusions and provides a summary of recommendations, if any. If the chair fails to notify the faculty of the learning communities status within two weeks of the course review meeting, the course may continue through the approval process without LCC intervention. The proposing faculty must respond to the recommendations within two weeks of the chair’s communication, to be considered at the next business meeting. Otherwise, the course can be re-submitted by the next course approval deadline.
The committee will review late proposals as time allows and at the discretion of the chair with approval from the committee.

Documentation and Notification

Approved learning communities are routed as follows:







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