Debra Mullen Assistant Director, Academic Initiatives and Research Division of Housing UNL
Debra has worked in University Housing for 20 years. In recent years she has worked with UNL's Office of Academic Affairs to create and implement Academic Learning Communities throughout the Residence Hall System. This initiative has resulted in development of eleven learning communities involving twenty departments in seven colleges.
Students participating in learning communities achieve significantly higher grade-point averages, stay in school in much greater numbers, and report easier acclimation to the university experience. This program has been so successful that it has been selected as a "Cornerstone Initiatives" by the Associate of American Colleges and Universities, resulting in UNL being named a "Greater Expectations" institution.