Dear colleagues: I'm forwarding a message from Vincent Tinto at Syracuse University. You may have attended his keynote address at NADE in Louisville. Tinto's research on retention informs both developmental education and learning communities activity and research. He has just been awarded a grant from the Lumina Foundation to research what works in developmental learning communities, both at the associate and the baccalaureate levels. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Tinto directly (see contact information below). Please do not respond to me or to the Listserv. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the good things happening in developmental learning communities. Please consider being a part of this project. Sincerely, Jane Neuburger Original Message From Vincent Tinto <[log in to unmask]> ===== Dear Colleague: We need your help. We have just received funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education for a multi-year study of learning communities for under-prepared college students in two and four-year colleges (see attached document in pdf format). The quantitative and qualitative study calls for a sample of twenty (20) developmental education learning community programs, ten in public two-year colleges and ten in four-year colleges or universities. As best we can, we wish to have the study reflect the full range of programs that now dot the higher educational landscape. The intent of the project is to highlight what works and do so on a national scale. Thus this request to you. Can you recommend programs that in your view are successful in helping under-prepared students succeed in college. If so, can you provide us details of the program and the name of a contact person with whom we can talk about the program. If it is a program with which you are currently involved, can you provide us evidence of the program works. Email us at [log in to unmask] You can also send materials to: Learning Communities Project Higher Education Program School of Education 350 Huntington Hall Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 Jane A. Neuburger Director, Learning Resource Center Syracuse University 111 Waverly Avenue Syracuse NY 13244-2320 (315) 443-2005 Fax (315) 443-3976 [log in to unmask] To Unsubscribe, send a message to [log in to unmask] In body type: SIGNOFF LRNASST.