Learning Communities Committee

Composed of faculty and student services staff, this committee encourages and fosters integrative curriculum development and faculty participation in planning and maintenance of academic standards, primarily through review and support of Learning Community courses, linked courses, and integrative assignments and experiences.

The LCC conducts quarterly reviews of proposals for new and revised learning communities and for IS (Integrated Studies) tag requests for stand-alone courses. The committee considers compliance with college standards, accreditation standards, alignment with the college mission and values, and college-wide and integrative learning outcomes. All new and revised learning communities must be reviewed and signed by the LCC prior to instruction. The LCC maintains and facilitates documents related to the learning communities’ review and support process.

Committee Goals

  • Develop and implement a plan that sustains and documents learning communities.
  • Promote the values and pedagogies of diverse learning communities.
  • Strengthen and support the creation of successful learning communities and their creative processes.
  • Evaluate learning communities in relationship to the mission and values of the college.

The strongest learning community programs are designed as systematic intervention strategies aimed at improving the persistence and academic achievement of students in particular courses, programs, or pathways.


Integrative Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the strengths and limitations of different fields of study or different ways of knowing.
  2. Explain and Evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study, among different fields of study, and or different lived experiences.
  3. Integrate concepts and analytical frameworks from multiple perspectives to develop one or more of the following:
    • comprehensive descriptions,
    • multi-causal explanations,
    • new interpretations, or
    • deeper explorations of issues.
  4. Analyze and Reflect upon insights gained from integrating multiple perspectives in a purposeful project or experience.

Proposal Process & Instructions

The LCC welcomes proposals to establish or revise a Learning Community Course, Linked Course, Integrative Assignment, or Integrative Experience. 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 may be made as time allows and at the discretion of the chair with approval from the committee.

Link to Step-by-Step Proposal Instructions

LCC retains digital copies of the team’s proposal, committee response, and team reflection in its document archives.

  • For help with writing course descriptions, see the CAC guide for writing course descriptions
  • For help with outcomes and assessment, see the IAC guide for writing outcomes
  • For more information about Learning Communities proposals, contact LCC Chair, Sharon Spence-Wilcox (206.934.4069 or LCC.Central@seattlecolleges.edu)

2019-2020 Roster

Chair: Sharon Spence-Wilcox
Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences (2-3): Laurie Kempen, Tracy Lai
Healthcare and Human Services (2): vacant
STEM-Business (2-3): vacant
Counseling (1): vacant
LEED (1): vacant
Basic and Transitional Studies (2): Adrienne Lugg, Claire Makins
Workforce Programs (1): vacant
Non-Instructional Academic Support (2): Sam Chesneau, Rebecca Shropshire

Interested in joining the committee? Learn more about Roles & Responsibilities or contact the LCC chair.

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