The Learning Communities Oversight and Assessment Committee is pleased to announce the new name for the Learning Communities program: Bengal Community of Scholars Program (or Community of Scholars). The new name reflects the success of the program and the students involved in it. The retention rate for fall 2013 students to fall 2014 is 89.1. SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence will be given to a program participant May 2015! These successes, and others, reflect the research. Students who choose to participate in learning communities reap multiple benefits. Learning community students have a higher GPA than their peers, are more connected to the college and their classmates, are retained at a higher rate, feel closer to faculty, and make a smoother transition to college. The name also reflects the depth and range of program offerings.
A Bengal Community consists of a group of students and their professors exploring a common theme. These learning communities are open to all students who want to get the most out of the Buffalo State experience.