Learning Communities Committee

The Ventura College Learning Communities Committee is a subcommittee of the Academic Senate charged with providing guidance, encouragement, advocacy and oversight for the creation and sustainability of interdisciplinary learning communities at Ventura College.

As stated in the committee’s charge as found within the Ventura College Academic Senate By-Laws, the Learning Communities Committee's main focus is to develop mechanisms that allow for the creation and sustainability of learning communities across the disciplines at Ventura College.  The committee shall make an annual call for proposals for faculty who want to create learning communities.  The committee shall work with the office of the Chief Instructional Officer to create mechanisms that allow for learning communities to be created in the class schedule.


Bob Porter, Chair

Kevin Bortolin

Jenna Garcia

Bill Hendricks

Ticey Hosley

Eric Martinsen

Lauri Moore

Ron Mules

Kathryn Schoenrock

Peter H. Sezzi



The Learning Communities Committee meets in LRC-114 on the third Tuesday of each month from 4:00-5:00 pm.


Important Documents

Ventura College Learning Communities Action Plan (drafted by a group of eight VC faculty and one administrator who attended the Learning Communities Conference at Evergreen State University in June 2011).

Robert Nash & Michele Murray chapter entitled "A Pedagogy of Constructivism: Deep-Meaning Learning" from their 2010 Jossey-Bass published book Helping Students FInd Purpose.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSE) at Ventura College (Fall 2010)

Ventura College Learning Communities Student Survey Report -- Fall 2011 (Dec 2011)

Ventura College Learning Communities Student Survey Report -- Spring 2012 (May 2012)

PowerPoint Presentation on VC Learning Communities made by Drs. Bob Porter and Eric Martinsen at the Ventura College "Open Forum" on March 2, 2012

Helpful Links:

The Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education (Evergreen State University, Olympia, Washington)

California Learning Communities Consortium (CLCC)

CSU Channel Islands Learning Communities

High-Impact Educational Strategies: A Brief Overview (American Assoc. of Colleges & Universities)