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Lyman Briggs College: An Innovative Living-Learning Community for STEM Education

Abstract: Quality Approaches in Higher Education Dec 2012 article: "Lyman Briggs College: An Innovative Living-Learning Community for STEM Education" by Ryan D. Sweeder, Kathleen A. Jeffery, and Aaron M. McCright of Michigan State University Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is a residential, undergraduate college devoted to studying the natural sciences with an understanding of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. LBC is the longest-running program of its kind at a large U.S. research university and offers its students the close-knit living-learning community of a liberal arts college and diverse resources and opportunities of a research university. LBC has succeeded in developing a strong residential science learning community that supports ts students by creating a culture of engagement in science and employing student-centered learning techniques. This has resulted in a first-year retention rate of approximately 95% (92% in STEM) and a six-year university graduation rate of approximately 85% (more than 70% in STEM with equal retention of male and female students). LBC can therefore provide a useful case study for approaches that lead to student retention and success in STEM fields.

Keywords: Quality Approaches in Higher Education - Student Retention - STEM - Teaching Quality

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