Academics | Communicate

Collaborative Learning Center

The Collaborative Learning Center is housed in an on-campus learning center located at 420 Thorne St. The Program provides a student peer mentoring program, study and computer facilities, opportunities for faculty development, consultation for grant development, and outreach programming.

The program emphasizes the four cornerstones of learning:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Communicating Plus House

The Communicating Plus Program is a curricular initiative designed to ensure that Ripon College graduates will have had many opportunities to practice and develop sophisticated communication and lifelong learning skills. The program is an area of special emphasis within the existing liberal arts curriculum. Building on the long-term success of the college’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program, it emphasizes excellence in written and oral communication.



 

Program Overview

The Communicating Plus Program is a curricular initiative designed to ensure that Ripon College graduates will have had many opportunities to practice and develop sophisticated communication and lifelong learning skills. The Program is an area of special emphasis within the existing liberal arts curriculum. Building on the long-term success of the College’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program, it emphasizes excellence in written and oral communication. This “Communicating” thrust of the program is designed to help students learn to communicate effectively and with aplomb in a variety of life situations.

The “Plus” thrust of the Communicating Plus program supports curricular efforts to engage students in meaningful critical thinking and problem-solving activities. The Ripon College faculty believes these skills are the basis for successful lifelong learning that will enrich a wide range of work, leisure and personal endeavors.

As a curricular emphasis woven throughout the liberal arts curriculum of Ripon College, the Program is defined by a discrete set of student learning goals (see Student Learning Goals in the list at left). Academic departments and programs of study, in consultation with the Communicating Plus director, determine how best to achieve the Communicating Plus student learning goals within the structures of their majors and minors. Departmental plans ensure that each student will experience a coherent, consciously planned approach to development of the skills involved. Summaries of the departmental plans are published in each department or program’s section of the college catalog. In the advising process, faculty and students may refer to the departmental plan to build students’ awareness of their progress toward mastery of the Communicating Plus student learning goals.

The Communicating Plus Program is housed in an on-campus learning center located at 420 Thorne St. The Program provides a student peer mentoring program, study and computer facilities, opportunities for faculty development, consultation for grant development, and outreach programming.

The Communicating Plus Program enriches the culture of the Ripon College community as it supports efforts to engage students, faculty, staff and others connected to the college in lively and disciplined discussions of the major intellectual, social and ethical issues confronting citizens of the 21st century. The program is a college-wide effort to clarify the connections between liberal education, effective communication and lifelong learning for all who come into contact with the intellectual life of this community.

Location

The Communicating Plus program is based out of the Collaborative Learning Center located at 420 Thorne St. between the Johnson and Scott residence halls.

The Center is located inside a house nearly a century old owned by Ripon College. The CLC provides mentor services, small group development and many other programs to enhance student development at the college. The center is the hub of the cross curricular initiative which created the Comm Plus program. The CLC acts as a meeting place, technology lab and resource center for student needs. It provides valuable assistance for students in the areas of Oral Communication, Written Communication, Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking.